New Delhi: Producer Karan Johar on Wednesday took to social media to share the first look of Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan from upcoming period drama Kalank.

The movie marks an extremely emotional project for johar since it was the last film worked on by his father, Dharma Productions helmer, late Yash Johar. The filmmaker-producer took to Instagram to share a heartfelt note calling it a 'film that was born in my heart and mind 15 years ago.'

Set in the 1940s, the film was originally supposed to star Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt but the film was shelved after pre-production. However, the new edition features actors Varun Dhawan and ali Bhatt in lead roles. The movie also stars  Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur among others and is directed by Abhishek Varman who has earlier helmed 2 States.   


A film that was born in my heart and mind 15 years ago....a film I passionately believe in...the last film my father worked on before he left was his dream to see this film come through....I couldn’t fulfil his dream spirit was broken....but today his wish has found a relationship with celluloid....the story of turbulent relationships and eternal love has found a voice....the film has been woven,nurtured and visualised by ABHISHEK VARMAN....and the film Is KALANK! Set in the 40’s but it’s heart lives on.....TOMORROW the journey excited ...anxious and emotional about this one...I do hope you join us on our path to undying love.....#KALANK

A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Mar 6, 2019 at 6:24am PST

Meanwhile, the hero of the flick, Dhawan, also shared an image from the shoot and stated that Kalank marks his fourth film with Alia Bhatt. Following their debut in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year, the duo went on to act in two other films Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania. It remains yet to be seen whether this movie will follow the success of their other movies too. 

The movie is set to release on April 19 this year. 


Wrapped @abhivarman motion picture #KALANK last night. It’s my 4 th film with @aliaabhatt wow and it always feels like it’s new. She’s amazing in the film but one thing she’s done great is run very well and I’m proud of her lol. She knws she’s my favourite but Shanaya,Kavya, Vaidehi and .... wait for it u guys are gonna be as blown away as I was by her.All our fans we work dam hard just to make sure we don’t let u down and hope we dont. First time working with Adi,sona,madhuri maam and Sanju sir has been top class. This cast and crew has put in every thing. Also @karanjohar and #sajidsir are the best bosses to have. Get ready for our biggest film and my toughest role #kalank

A post shared by Varun Dhawan (@varundvn) on Jan 17, 2019 at 9:56pm PST