'Kedarnath' is a surprising film, all the way. It's climax is naturally haunting and the settings of devastations will, nevertheless, make you stay for the film and curiosity about what happens to the fate of these lovers and their unflinching desire for each other is bount to come. The climax then takes a slightly (spoiler!) 'Titanic' tune to it.
But you know this, and still are satisfied with it. The writing is mostly emotional. The content comes with visual coherence. But the strength of the film lies in its boundless performances: while Sushant Singh Rajput as the Muslim 'pitthu' Mansoor is interesting enough, it is Sara Ali Khan's Mandakini who makes the film a mostly enjoyable one. She unleashes passion with sincerity and comedy with conviction. The other cast performs respectably too.
But the film really shoots to a palpable high when the religions come into the play. First is about the excellent casting choice: Sushant is Hindu and Sara is Muslim, in the film their orthodoxy has been exhchanged. It also has to make a comment on "Just because he is a man..." and the screenplay by Kanika Dhillon paves way for a funky, solid female character in Sara's Mukku.
My problem with the film is that it is awfully stretched. You are incredibly bored by the dazzling song sequences, too-much-stalking and all. Mansoor's economic conditions are low, says the film, but his house is way more beautifully shot to be a poverty-struck one.
But you stay watching the film nevertheless because of the emotional depth. There are more than a few moments that are heartbreaking, and many of them, moving as well.
Abhishek Kapoor's Kedarnath takes a virulent turn from a blooming, soothing romantic story between two people from different religions to a description of a natural calamity but it still manages to keep one hooked and rooting for these characters that are written with genuine compassion. TN.
Ajay films critic
very familiar movie , which is known to every one, the disaster scenes are very high lighted.. finally one time watchable