Abhishek Varman’s upcoming multi-starrer Kalank that stars Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles, has been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. What started with all the intriguing character posters of Kalank’s men and women, later reached to a mesmerising 2-minute-long teaser clip that was released on Tuesday. The internet seemingly approved of it as netizens couldn’t stop showering praises over the spectacular visuals. A special mention was given to the film’s soulful background music. However, within no time, the internet came up with something that spoiled all the fun.
A lot of netizens came up with a theory that Kalank’s background score was heavily inspired by the theme music of the Hollywood superhero TV series Flash. Film critic Raja Sen was quick to notice it and joined the bandwagon to accuse the Kalank makers of plagiarism. This didn’t go well with the score composer of Kalank, Sanchit Balhara, as he out and about slammed the critic for falsely accusing and misguiding his followers. Sanchit, who has worked under the wings of Sanjay Bhansali for films like Padmaavat and Bajirao Mastani, kept his stance on all the accusations. The composer said that whenever theme arpeggio (the one used in Kalank) is played by an orchestra, it sounds very familiar and hence the similarity.
A part of Sanchit’s defence read, “If you consider that “copying” then I would request you to start listing to composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky to find how commonly this technique is used in classical music and film scores. So, calling my music piece “lifted” would be similar to calling a writer’s work copied from Shakespeare, Dickens, Orwell etc. just because they all used a pen, paper, and English as a technique to write their Art with. I am an educated composer and highly against the plagiarism of music.”
We reached out to the critic for his take but he refused to comment. However, here’s what Raja Sen tweeted on the same.
In case you are wondering what gave birth to all the comparisons, here's the theme music of the FLASH.
We also came across the arpeggio orchestra theme (the one mentioned by Sanchit Balhara).
Now, here's the teaser of Kalank. Hear it out yourself and then decide.
Meanwhile, Kalank hits the big screens on April 17, 2019.