Well, it’s pretty much what we thought. I think. No subtitles, because Dharma hates us. And then they will magically appear in like 3 hours. WHY DO THEY DO THIS???? Oh, and I actually did 5 minutes of research and confirmed that it is NOT based on What the Body Remembers any more than Paa was based on Benjamin Buttons (yes, that was a story for a while too).
I haven’t read the book either, but I took five minutes to go to GoodReads and read some reviews and comments and no, it is not what Kalank is based on. The book is about the relationship between the first and second wife over a decade, including power struggles over their children. There is no Varun character at all. Oh, and Aditya’s character is a civil engineer. Unless Kalank is really about Alia giving birth multiple times and Sonakshi playing petty power games with her as they fight over their middle-class Sikh engineer husband as India slowly moves towards Independence and Partition over the course of a decade and Varun and Madhuri’s characters don’t exist–then it is not based on the book. The author seems reasonable, her response was “I don’t know, I haven’t seen the film”. Presumably if Karan wants to kill this buzz, he can just send a copy of the film to her and her lawyers. Or he can let it play out since it really doesn’t matter.
The only thing they have in common is the Partition setting, and a young woman married off as a second wife since the first wife is barren. I think you would be hardpressed to make any kind of plagiarism claim based on that. Absolutely it is possible that Karan or his father Yash read the book and liked the idea of the older-younger wife and the power struggles during Partition, but then took it in a whole different direction. Or they didn’t read the book and the barren older wife-unwilling young wife idea came from any number of other sources that have had the same idea.
And now we have the full length trialer and it is even more not based on the book. No subtitles, but from what I can get, Alia is an innocent young woman married off to Aditya to give him children, although he really loves his first wife Sonakshi. Varun is a lowclass Muslim man who falls in love with her and vice-versa despite her being about to be married. Madhuri is something or other. The shot I find most interesting is the very end when Aditya grabs Alia’s hand inside the train as she reaches for Varun outside. What I can’t tell is if Aditya is trying to keep Alia with him or if he is helping her so she can drag Varun into the train with them.
The other thing I wonder about is that Sonakshi isn’t really shown in the last bits and Aditya seems more committed to Alia. Maybe they will kill Sonakshi off? Or just send her off? Making the love triangle more complex as Aditya learns to let go of his earlier love and falls for Alia, while Alia is unable to forget Varun.
Oh, and unless I am missing something, we still have no information on the relationship between Sanjay and Madhuri. That’s a mystery!