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Kalank (transl. Stigma; Hindi pronunciation: [kələnk]) is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language period drama film directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and Fox Star Studios. It stars Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt.[5][6] Principal photography began in April 2018 and the film is scheduled for release on 17 April 2019.[3]

Kalank Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbhishek Varman
Produced by
Screenplay byAbhishek Varman
Story byShibani Bathija[1]
StarringMadhuri Dixit
Sonakshi Sinha
Alia Bhatt
Varun Dhawan
Aditya Roy Kapur
Sanjay Dutt
Music bySongs:
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
CinematographyBinod Pradhan
Edited byShweta Venkat Mathew
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 17 April 2019 (2019-04-17)[3]
Budget80 crore[4]





The film was conceptualised by Johar and his father Yash Johar around fifteen years ago.[17] Actress Sridevi was initially signed for the character role played by Madhuri Dixit.[18][19] Production designer Amrita Mahal was brought onboard to work on the set’s design and structure that represented old Delhi mohalla with a mahal in Film City, Mumbai.[20] Sajid Nadiadwala, owner and producer of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Karan Johar were present during the clap shot of Kalank.[21] The cost estimate of the set was reportedly ₹15 crore.[20]


Principal photography commenced in Film City, Mumbai on April 18, 2018.[22] Madhuri Dixit and Aditya Roy Kapur joined the cast from May 31, 2018.[23][24] Filming of an introductory song featuring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani[16] with nearly 500 backup dancers was completed on May 7, 2018.[25] Rehearsals for a second dance number featuring Dhawan, Kapur and Kriti Sanon began on May 31, 2018.[16] On June 2, 2018, a few leaked stills from the film showed Dixit donning an anarkali outfit and pasa/jhumar (hair jewellery).[26] Sonakshi Sinha joined the cast from June 14, 2018 for a fifteen-day filming schedule.[27][28] She is paired opposite Kapur in the film.[29] The third schedule of filming was postponed due to injuries to Bhatt, Dhawan and Kapur and was rescheduled to commence two weeks later.[30]. Sonakshi Sinha has finished filming her part in kalank[31]. Alia Bhatt announced the film wrapped on January 9, 2019.[32]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Pritam chronology
Jab Harry Met Sejal

The music of the film is composed by Pritam while lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Arijit Singh, Darshan Raval, Shreya Ghoshal, Hriday Gattani, Harshdeep Kaur, and Mohit Chauhan are one of the confirmed singers.

Track listing
1."Ghar More Pardesiya"Shreya Ghoshal, Vaishali Mhade5:19
2."First Class"Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan4:36

Marketing and release

In a series of first look posters characters of the film were revealed on March 7, 2019. It presented the male lead actors of Kalank Varun Dhawan as Zafar,[33] Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhry[34] and Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhry. [35] On 8 March 2019 to coincide with the International Women's Day characters in the film of Alia Bhatt as Roop,[36] Sonakshi Sinha as Satya Chaudhry[37] and Madhuri Dixit as Bahaar Begum[38] were revealed. The official teaser of film released on 12 March 2019.[39][40][41]

The film was scheduled for release on 19 April 2019, but to get benefits of extended weekend the release date has been changed to 17 April 2019.[3]


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  7. ^ "She would walk alone in darkness than follow anyone else's shadow. Bahaar Begum✨@MadhuriDixit #WomenOfKalank #Kalank". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  8. ^ "She symbolises the elegance & grace of a woman. Presenting Satya.@sonakshisinha #WomenOfKalank #Kalank". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Resilient at heart but everyone has a chapter they don't read aloud. Here's Roop!@aliaa08 #WomenOfKalank #Kalank". Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Fate loves the fearless and he's the most favoured. Presenting Zafar!#MenOfKalank#Kalank @Varun_dvn". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  11. ^ "A sprinting mind with a noble heart. Presenting Dev Chaudhry. #MenOfKalank #Kalank #AdityaRoyKapur". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  12. ^ "The head of the table with a formidable iron fist. Presenting Balraj Chaudhry. #MenOfKalank #Kalank @duttsanjay". Retrieved 7 March 2019.
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  31. ^ "Sonakshi Sinha completes filming her part in Kalank, posts photo that speaks a thousand words - check it out - Bollywood News".
  32. ^ "Alia Bhatt is all smiles after wrapping last schedule of Kalank. See pics". 9 January 2019.
  33. ^ "Varun Dhawan's look from Kalank REVEALED! A kohl-eyed Zafar looks ready to flirt with life and danger". Times Now News. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
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  35. ^ "'Kalank' poster: Heres the first character look of Sanjay Dutt". Times of India. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  36. ^ "Kalank Poster: फिल्म से आलिया भट्ट का लुक आया सामने, दुल्हन बनी ऐसी आ रही हैं नज़र" (in Hindi). India Tv News. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
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