Things are not looking good for Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt starrer Kalank. It is uncertain whether it will be able to recover its budget let alone turn a profit. After five days, it has earned Rs 66.03 crore.
For any other film, these figures would sound like a lot, but Kalank has a production budget of Rs 150 crore and needs a much stronger performance to break even.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared Kalank’s latest box office figures. He wrote, “#Kalank is rejected… Has a lacklustre *extended* opening weekend… Will find it difficult to sustain on weekdays… Arrival of #AvengersEndgame [on Fri] will hit biz hard… Wed 21.60 cr, Thu 11.45 cr, Fri 11.60 cr, Sat 9.75 cr, Sun 11.63 cr. Total: ₹ 66.03 cr. India biz.”
The critical reviews are also not on Kalank’s side and are not helping its cause.
The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it one-and-a-half stars.
Shubhra wrote, “There is enough and more here, plot-wise, for a bunch of films. But finally, despite Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s histrionics (the former looking as if he could well belong to that era, and Bhatt staying watchable, if increasingly, exasperatingly familiar), and Dixit’s wondrous dancing abilities (nobody can touch her when it comes to the grace she displays when she is on the floor), Kalank doesn’t really lift off the screen. The whole feels like a giant set, stately and ponderous and minus impact; the cast all costumed and perfumed and largely life-less, sparking only in bits and pieces. As a character says, two-thirds into the film, ‘yeh kissa yahin nipat jaata’.
“That would have been the best thing,” she added.
Kalank has to pick up quickly, since it has absolutely no chance of recovering next week. The big Marvel film Avengers: Endgame is releasing this Friday and it is unlikely it will let any other film stay in the game.