According to Karan, he had the idea of the film 15 years ago and the project was in the pre-production stage under his late father Yash Johar.
Karan Johar realises '15 year old dream' with Kalank
18 Apr 2018 12:57 IST
A film is the product of a lot of hardwork, and sometimes years and years of waiting. Karan Johar's Kalank is one such feature. The producer announced the release date of the multi-starrer, to be helmed by Abhishek Varman, on Wednesday (18 April).
With Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, and Sanjay Dutt in the roster, it is one of the biggest projects from Dharma Productions in recent years.
KALANK- an EPIC DRAMA! Teaming up with the best for this one directed by #AbhishekVarman ð Next year.. here we come.. @MadhuriDixit @sonakshisinha @aliaa08 @duttsanjay #AdityaRoyKapoor. Good Friday 2019 @karanjohar @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/0Erljl9n0u— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 18, 2018
Yet, it is not just the massive star cast that makes this film special for Johar.
In his statement for the film's announcement, the producer-director said that the film is a product of his late father, Yash Johar. "KALANK has been an emotional journey for me! A germ of an idea that I had nearly 15 years ago, a film that was in a pre production stage helmed by my father., am now proud to pass it onto the extremely capable and visionary hands of our director Abhishek Varman! A beautifully structured story by Shibani Bathija and an exceptionally fluid narrative and screenplay by Abhishek," Karan said.
The film is reportedly set in the 1940s decade, and might cover the painful period of India's Partition. Yash Johar was among the many whose families were uprooted in the historical event. The producer moved to Mumbai, and after working with Sunil Dutt and Dev Anand for their respective productions, set up his own production house called Dharma Productions.
In a tweet, actor Varun Dhawan also remarked on the same lines. "KALANK is a film Karan wanted to direct 15 years ago. Now 15 years later that dream will be realised," he wrote.
#KALANK is a film KAran wanted to direct 15 years ago. Now 15 years later that dream will be realised. Feel honoured that I can be a part of this huge ensemble and Karan’s dream film directed by #Abhishek. happy to do my 3rd film with #SajidNadiadwala and thankful for the support— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 18, 2018
The film, now jointly produced by Dharma Productions, Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala, is likely to go on floors later this month.