Sara Ali Khan is the next big thing in Bollywood..Seriously she is…she is undoubtedly going to give all the other leading ladies a run for their money and will rise above all. She is smooth, charming, cute and very confident on screen…one of the best Star kid debuts I have seen post ‘Student of the year’….She will definitely go a long long way.
Kedarnath tells a story which revolves around love and religion, set in the Kedarnath – the 2000-year-old holy temple of Lord Shiva.
Mansoor, a reserved and big hearted porter, helps pilgrims achieve their long journey to the temple town. His world takes a U turn, when he meets the beautiful and rebellious Mukku, who not only is beyond his league but also tangles him into a world of intense love.
Both these lovers belong to different social classes and family backgrounds. Will their love survive the test of time ? Will they survive the ill-fated Natural Disaster?
At the root of Mansoor and Mukku’s relationship is the question of freedom. Mukku belongs to a high class brahmin family but so locked in to the future marriage that her mother and fiancé have devised that she feels completely without choice. The free-spirited Mansoor is penniless but has freedom and choice in spades. He continually tells Mukku that their relationship will never be accepted but Mukku turns a deaf ear to his words due to her intense love for him .
Even in the most dire of times, when it looks like they both might perish, Mansoor spurs his love to fight for a life she can live richly. In the midst of the Natural disaster, Mansoor and Mukku both put their lives on the line for each other and for those they come across in need but unfortunately the film lacks the emotional punch and ends leaving us unsatisfied and unhappy.
An old, predictable story can be a good story, too. But Director Abhishek Kapoor and Kanika Dhillon, the movie’s screenwriters fail to bring out memorable and fresh moments which tends to to stay in your mind post the film. Nothing about the scenes interests or intrigues you.
The title of the film is ‘Kedarnath’ but it hardly focusses or tells you anything abut the place, the problems, the details etc. The focus is unfortunately more on the cliched love story than the 200 year old holy pilgrimage / temple. At the time of intermission you realise that the story so far has achieved nothing and has nothing to unfold in the second half.
As the plot unfolds post intermission, the treatment becomes an old fashioned and will remind you of a 80’s Bollywood flick.
Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is one of the main highlights of the film.
Both the lead protagonist ‘Sushant Singh Rajput’ & ‘Sara Ali Khan’ shine throughout and are very impressive in every frame but due to their one dimensional character sketch they are unable to give 100 %.
the rest of the cast starring Nishant Dahiya ( Antagonist), Nitish Bharadwaj, Alka Amin and Pooja Gor were convincing in their respective performances.
Overall, ‘Kedarnath’ is a great effort but loses edge, and leads to a very tedious love story minus the tears. Wait till it comes to any of the OTT platforms ( Amazon Prime, Zee5 etc)