|Movie Cast||Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan|
|Music Director||Amit Trivedi|
|Production Company||Abhishek Kapoor, Ronnie Screwvala|
|Release Date||December 7, 2018|
Natural Calamity, communal rival and Amit Trivedi have been the three common factors for Abhishek Kapoor since Kai Po Che. Kedarnath also has three factors- Uttarakand floods, hindu-muslim love story and of course Amit Trivedi’s scores. The movie went through a big hiccup due to overshoot of budget where the movie was almost stopped. The movie finally resumed later and it releases Today.
The movie is set in 2013 in Uttarakhand. The movie begins where a Muslim coolie Mansooor (Sushant Singh) is carrying a Hindu old lady on his shoulders all the way uphill, with the background music of Namah Shivaaya Shankara to establish hero’s muscle power plus kindheartedness. Mukku is the daughter of a Pandit. The girl next door and quite a string woman who can oppose her father in the time of need calling him Pandit Ji. Mukku and Mansoor have a common interest – cricket. They become friends while watching an India-Pak match and bond over it. Mukku is gradually impressed by Mansoor’s endearing nature towards the tourists and falls for him. Unpredictably, the mangeetar of Mukku complains to the father and they separate them. To add to the agony, a natural calamity- Uttarakhand floods strike big time swallowing the places and the people. Whether the couple unites, who helps whom and who survices forms the rest of the film.
The movie begins and proceeds very clichédly with predictable flow of the love story. The aukaat and dharam not coming in between the lovers and later the families blackmailing reminds not even of 90s but 80s. The intermission comes at a totally trivial conversation which was trying to be very serious. They show that the hero and the heroine’s fiancé almost come onto loggerheads for a local issue that would increase tourism business but puts a risk for the facilities and capacity of the hill.
The second half picks up with the families conflicting and the screenplay gets tighter since then till the climax. The movie only grows in the second half making it for the sloppy first half.
There was a funny meme in circulation saying Kedarnath is gareebon ka Titanic. It almost turned out to be true.
Coming to the casting, Sara is here to stay. The movie would have suffered without her. The first half was made bearable only because of Sara. First time its a debut where the heroine saves the film to a major extent despite having a skilled hero and a talented director. Sara’s screen presence is terrific too. A big achievement in a debut.
Surprisingly Sushant seemed disinterested in the film with monotonous expressions and lethargic performance. Very disappointing.
Amit Trived is music is no where near to his earlier associated films like Kai Po Che and Fitoor.
VFX could have been better but it was good enough to create the empathy in the audience. The deadly floods were shown well.
Overall a sloppy first half and a nearly gripping second half. The hero of the film is undoubtedly Sara Ali Khan.