The colossal failure of Kalank came as a big blow to Karan Johar and his production house Dharma Productions. Karan Johar had huge expectations from the multi-starrer period drama but as the fate would have it, the film, marred by unfavourable reviews and negative word of mouth, ended up with lifetime box-office collection of Rs 80.35 crore. For a film, made on a heavy budget of Rs 150 crore, this was a poor performance.
In a recent chat with DNA, Karan, whose last release was Student of the Year 2, opened up on the debacle of Kalank and how he dealt with it. The filmmaker said, “My director Abhishek Varman and I sat down and we analysed where we fumbled. I have to be involved with each film Dharma produces, because I am not just the producer, I am the creative producer.”
Owning the responsibility for the film’s poor show at the box-office, Karan said, “To me, when Kalank fails, it is my failure. I’m the older one, I’m the wiser one. I’m the more knowledgeable person about what works and what doesn’t. If the film has faltered, it is largely my responsibility and my blame. Of course, no one person can take the blame, but I choose to because I felt that the material was something I was aware of for not one year but 15 years. It was a film that was close to my heart and perhaps that is the reason why I lost a certain objectivity.”
The filmmaker further said that he did not look at Kalank as a failure but a success because he learnt from it. He told the tabloid, “I failed the movie by not being the right governing force. And this taught me so much. There are two ways I could have gone about this. I could have sunk in this failure or I could have questioned, ‘Why?’ Or I could have said, ‘Why did this happen and let me learn from this.’ Let this be a new 2.0 feeling where I am a lot more analytical. I am putting my projects through a lot more trials and tribulations before it is out there to an audience. When you fail and learn from it, that to me is a success. I will never look at Kalank as a failure. I will look at it as a success because it has taught me how not to fail like this.”
Kalank featured an ensemble star cast comprising Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. The film, co-produced by Fox Star Studios, hit the screens on April 17.