Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput & Sara Ali Khan
Story: Kanika Dhillon & Abhishek Kapoor
Screenplay: Kanika Dhillon
KEDARNATH is a love story that takes place before a natural catastrophe takes the holy place of Kedarnath by storm. Mansoor (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a muslim ‘pitthoo’ aka porter who carries pilgrims to the holy Hindu town of Kedarnath from the base. Another resident of Kedarnath is Mandakini aka Mukku (Sara Ali Khan). Her father Briraaj (Nitish Bharadwaj) is a priest and he owns a lodge and a shop on the way to the temple. He has also fixed his daughter’s marriage with Kullu (Nishant Dahiya) who is a big name in the holy place. Mukku is obviously against this marriage as she doesn’t love Kullu. Initially, Kullu had wanted to marry Mukku’s sister Brinda (Pooja Gor) but then for some reason decides to marry Mukku instead. But meanwhile, Mukku comes across Mansoor and falls in love with him. Kullu hates Mansoor already because he’s a muslim and now after knowing about their affair he loses it. While all this is happening, what no one anticipates is a life changing natural catastrophe that’s about to hit the holy city of Kedarnath.
KEDARNATH’s love story is not something that hasn’t been seen before. This film claims to be about the Kedarnath floods of 2013, but the catastrophe serves as an afterthought. The film also has its moments but falters otherwise. The flood sequences work very well and it is supposed to be a heart wrenching ending but it fails to leave that desired impact.
Technically, the film is quite nice. Tushar Kanti Ray’s cinematography is astounding. He captures the locales of Kedarnath beautifully. Chandan Arora’s editing is okay and could have been much more crisp. Amit Trivedi’s music is good. Namo Namo is the pick of the lot from the music. The background score doesn’t offer much. The script and the characters came across quite weak and could have been worked on better.
Performances from the cast were good. Sara Ali Khan makes a strong debut and gives a great performance. Her confidence and on-screen charm are a testament to her ability and talent. She is only going to benefit from the film. Sushant Singh Rajput played the role with great honesty, but we have seen him give better performances. Nitish Bharadwaj is decent. Nishant Dahiya is good. Pooja Gor makes an impact. The rest of the cast offer abled support.
Director Abhishek Kapoor fails to create the magic that he has been able to create with a some of his previous films, but makes a sincere effort nonetheless.
At the box-office
The film has gotten off to a decent start and with a good word of mouth, can get to a strong lifetime total.