For those sections of the film fraternity who are gleefully celebrating the colossal failure of Kalank and reporting that its high-profile producer Karan Johar has sunk into a deep depression here is news that may disappoint the naysayers.
Karan Johar is doing just fine. He left for London this week for business negotiations in fine spirits. Friends say he has taken the Kalank debacle in the right spirit. Reports that Karan Johar has had a major fall-out with his Kalank director are dismissed as bunk by sources close to the Dharma head honcho.
“On the contrary, Abhishek Varman was quite shaken after the way Kalank was received. It was Karan who reassured Abhishek not to worry, gave him a pep talk reminding Abhishek that he had directed one successful film (2 States) and one now that didn’t work. So the report card is balanced. Karan has also told Varman to start working on a new script to direct,” says the well-informed source.
Kalank was said to be Karan Johar’s magnum opus and it starred Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt in key roles. It told the tale of star-crossed lovers set in the 1940s in pre-partition Lahore. Kalank had the biggest opening at the box office in 2019 but the numbers dwindled quickly and most critics trashed the film. Kalank was Yash Johar, Karan’s father’s, passion project and he had originally intended for Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Sridevi (in Madhuri’s role) to be in the film.