Kalank was Karan Johar’s one of the most ambitious projects but it did not impress the masses one bit and was declared a big box office flop. The film had recorded the biggest opening of 2019 but the film failed to maintain its run at the theatres. Kalank had a stellar ensemble cast including Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan and was directed by Abhishek Varman. During a recent interaction with an eminent journalist, Karan took the blame of Kalank’s failure on himself and clarified that the delay in his next directorial venture Takht is not because of the former’s failure.
The filmmaker stated, “The person responsible for Kalank is me and no one else, I was the leader of that team. I think I got carried away with the film, and when Abhishek Verman had the idea of a palette that he wanted to give it and a certain vision, I was so sucked into that world that I lost complete objectivity. I gave everybody unnecessary wings to fly. That film had commendable talent with Abhishek, Alia, Varun, Sonakshi, Aditya, Sanju and Madhuri. I could have just helmed the film better."
Talking about the delay in starting Takht, Karan said, “There was a reason for which I moved from September to February, as there were logistic issues, date crunching issues and long commitment from the actors. How does the stress of one film affect the other film, when both are totally different feature films? Have you asked me? I am making Takht. I have been making it since last two years and will be making it for the next two years."
He clarified further and said, “Yes, Takht is on a track. It starts in February, I am vastly excited and very very stressed out." Takht is a historical drama that stars Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor.
(Source: Rajeev Masand)