TopYaps Rating: 3/5
Saal khatm hone wala hai and so is Bollywood’s stock of films for the month of December. There are only a few movies which will be hitting theaters this month. Director Abhishek Kapoor’s Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Kedarnath is one of them.
The film has been constantly in news for various reasons, one of them being the fact that it launches Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan in showbiz. I just finished watching the movie in a Mumbai theater and here is what I feel about it.
If you have seen the trailer of Kedarnath, you know the film is set against the backdrop of erratic rainfall that triggered devastating floods and landslides in Uttarakhand in 2013. Mukku (Sara Ali Khan) is a young and vivacious girl who comes from a conservative Brahmin family devoted to providing lodging to pilgrims in Kedarnath. One fine day, she meets Mansoor (Sushant Singh Rajput), a Muslim boy who works as a porter in the region. Mansoor and Mukku become friends and, over the course of time, fall in love.
As expected, their love receives resistance from their respective families and every effort is made to separate them. Soon, the unprecedented onslaught of rains ravages the entire region. The couple is forced to survive against the fury of Mother Nature and face the ultimate test of their love amidst natural calamity. Will they and their love survive? Or the worst is yet to come? To know, watch the film.
Does Kedarnath Live Up To Your Expectations?
Kedarnath is a beautifully shot film which starts on a slow note. However, as the narrative progresses, it gains speed and keeps you invested for the remaining duration. The first half of the movie is a little slow, while the pace has been maintained well in the second half. The cinematographer of the movie has done a splendid job because every frame of it looks like a portrait. Background score is great.
Talking about performance, Kedarnath marks the acting debut of Sara Ali Khan. She is the latest addition to the list of star kids in Bollywood. But trust me; she has the potential to leave everyone behind. Sara acts well and lights up the screen with her ebullience. She looks promising and does full justice to her character. Sushant Singh Rajput, on the other hand, is great in his role of a porter. He looks charming and plays his part well.
Having said that, you do feel at times that filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor has invested more into technical aspects of the movie than emotional ones. The special effects and VFX in his film are well done and look jaw-dropping, but the same cannot be said about the actual drama and characterization.
They lack depth and that is visible. The story looks clumsily scripted and lacks the wow factor. The end result is a movie that looks very appealing to the eyes but does not qualify to become a memorable one. In films which have a natural calamity as their backdrop, a sense of reality is extremely important, but that is lacking here.
But Kedarnath keeps you hooked in spite of various discrepancies. So, if you were planning to watch it, don’t drop your plans. It does entertain you, though not to the level of your expectations.
You should watch Kedarnath for an outstanding debut performance by Sara Ali Khan. She inflames the silver screen with her inescapable charm.
Banner: RSVP Movies, Guy in the Sky Pictures
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput
Music: Amit Trivedi
Runtime: 120 Minutes