The 2019 mega-budget theatrical release, Kalank, was a massive flop when it released and now, writer Hussain Dalal who wrote the dialogues for the movie wonders whether he may have been a little responsible for the film tanking at the Box Office. The Abhishek Varman directorial had a star cast of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt but did not impress critics or cinema-goers alike.
“The thing about success is that you wake up the same person in the morning. I wake up, I’ll have my chai, read the newspaper… Success is very intangible. You can’t see it; it’s only for the world… I’ve felt failure, when a movie goes down. For me, a big film went down two years ago; Kalank went down. And the sense of responsibility you feel, that maybe you ruined it, that your writing was so bad that people couldn’t watch the film. Failure is a more tangible emotion for an artiste. Success is always in the perspective of others… Success is never for the artiste, it’s always in retrospect. Failure is a great teacher, it makes an artiste…,” Hussain Dalal told a leading entertainment portal.
Talking about the poetic dialogue in Kalank, he said: “I learned. I went overboard with the poetry. Perhaps if I had simplified it, I could have communicated better. Kalank was so personal to me, such a beautiful story, I take full responsibility for maybe having ruined it a little bit with over-poetry…”
Dalal’s confession comes two years post the film’s release. Earlier, producer Karan Johar had claimed full responsibility for Kalank‘s failure. “Whenever a film fails, you can always say that a group makes it, so everyone is equally responsible. But, being the most senior member of that group in terms of the creative crew guiding that ship, if it failed, I’d take complete responsibility as it was my failure more than anyone else’s,” he had told a leading daily.