Using the lush, hush verdant hills of Shimla, director Sarthak Dasgupta creates a poetic ode to the exquisite and ethereal pain of waiting.
In this period set-piece opulence trumps content in every scene. As a result, director Abhishek Varman stuns you in a highlight sequence, creating a stunning mosaic with colors, dance, drone shots, choreographed dancers who rise from underwater with bows and lit arrows, the story of Dussehra narrated in contrasting plumages. Elsewhere, the actors look for inspiration and get mostly undercooked roles in a story that’s as predictable as the alphabet book. But predictability is the least of ‘Kalank”s problems. It’s in not using the potentially scintillating situations and actors, landing them, instead in an uninspiringly long-drawn tepid affair.
At the end of director Mahesh Manjrekar’s Marathi outing ‘Me Shivaji Park’, you are left stunned, grasping at that numbing question, “What on earth was he thinking?”
Based on the unbelievably one-sided bloody Battle of Saragarhi, the movie takes an unbelievably long time to get there.