Love is… a pilgrimage? Nah, more like a sappy, wobbly, dull walk that gets you nowhere. Expert director Abhishek Kapoor definitely disappoints.
Rating – 2.5 / 5
Debut films are a tricky thing. You expect to see a new face with the perfect co-star, perfect script, perfect everything that will leave a killer impression to last for a lifetime. And what happens when not even one of the above criteria is met? Surprise surprise! Your film is doomed.
But you know what they say – when too many things go wrong, something goes right? Well, despite Kedarnath’s hugely average script, not-too-great performances and underdeveloped characters, the film still gracefully pulls off its actual purpose – to launch the long-awaited Sara Ali Khan in the best possible way!
Mukku aka Mandakini (Sara Ali Khan), a loud hyper daring pataaka-type girl belonging to a Hindu priest family, incidentally falls deeply in love with Mansoor (Sushant Singh Rajput), a simple pithoo (porter) from a Muslim household. (A Hindi-Muslim love story. SO original.) In spite of knowing exactly what the consequences of such a forbidden relationship would be, the ill-fated sweethearts stay strong and fight for their love. And that’s the beauty of true love, right? Not even a devastating flood can keep lovers apart? Well, that’s almost exactly what happens.
Koi iss rishtey ko qubool nahi karega! Tum karoge?
The film begins on quite a dodgy note. The unfolding and progression of the characters is unable to keep up with the story’s swift pace, resulting in irrelevant references to past occurrences at random points throughout the film. To be honest, the lack of a solid foundation made it seem as if the entire film is balancing on the edge of a cliff, making it extremely hard for an audience to take any of it seriously.
However, the driving force of Kedarnath lied completely in the performance of the lead female actor. Sara Ali Khan nailed it (and how!) as a debutant. Candid, concrete and confident, she was able to do more than enough justice to Mukku’s character and carried it off with utmost poise and authenticity. On the other hand, although Sushant Singh Rajput suited the role of Mansoor quite accurately with his shy & stiff acting ways, the six-film-old actor still remains dry & soulless and fulfils the objective of solely being a pillar of support to his blooming talented co-star. Still, nothing could hide the lack of chemistry between the two, so much so that even the bonfire make-out session failed to compensate.
But barring its billion drawbacks, the film was oh-so-aesthetically appealing (no, I’m not just talking about SAK), with some high quality cinematography and excellent special effects. The scenes involving the floods and storms were absolutely breathtaking, and the whole setting of the Kedarnath temple in Uttrakhand was surreal.
All in all, an easy breezy romance, which was well-intended but poorly executed. My pro-tip for this one would be to watch it and get it over with, especially if you’re the kind who’s bound to get FOMO (like me). Otherwise, you’re not really missing out on much.
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