Kalank box office day 1: Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan film is highest opener of 2019, earns estimated Rs 20-22 cr | bollywood


Bollywood’s period love saga Kalank, that hit theatres on Wednesday, may begin breaking records at the box office just a day after the release. The film has made an opening collection of Rs 20-22 crore, early estimates suggest. Starring Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Aditya Roy Kapur in lead roles, Kalank is directed by Abhishek Varman.

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A BoxOfficeIndia report claimed Kalank box office collection on Wednesday makes it the highest opening of 2019. Akshay Kumar’s period war film Kesari currently holds the numero uno position with Rs 21 crore, closely followed by Alia Bhatt-Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy that earned Rs 19.41 crore on day one of the release.

Kalank may also become the highest opener for a Varun Dhawan film – he currently has Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol–starrer Dilwale as his biggest opener with an earning of Rs 21 crore. Alia, too, may find her highest opener in the latest multi-starrer as her recent Gully Boy earned Rs 19.41 crore on day one.

Interestingly, Kalank may also turn out to be the highest opener of Alia-Varun jodi as their last outing, Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) collected Rs 12.25 crore on the first day of the release.

Produced by Karan Johar, Kalank is a richly mounted period drama set in the 1940s. It is a story of family, passion and emotions.

The film has opened to mixed reviews, with critics praising performances but panning the treatment of the story. Raja Sen wrote in his review for Hindustan Times, “Directed by Abhishek Varman and shot by the masterful Binod Pradhan, the makers of Kalank not only want every frame to be a painting, but every dialogue a proverb, every scene a portent. The result is beautiful but tedious, an opera that needed a stout songstress to warble through it midway. We see revolutionaries in different shades of mustard, since it is set around the kite festival of Basant Panchami, but as Kalank goes on, we are conditioned to the exorbitant colours and their matching — from scarlet umbrellas to marsala walls and columns. Yet it jars when rioters holding swords march in fiery streets, dressed as if they’d first bickered about a suitably Prussian shade of blue.”

Records Kalank box office collection is likely to break

* Kalank to become the biggest box office opener of 2019.

* Kalank to be Varun Dhawan’s biggest box office opener till date, eclipsing Dilwale.

* Kalank to be Alia Bhatt’s biggest opener after overtaking Gully Boy.

* Kalank clocks biggest day one box office collection for a Varun-Alia film. They have worked in four films together till date.

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First Published:
Apr 18, 2019 10:06 IST

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