Kedarnath Review: The Unconvincing Love Story Ends Up Drowning In the Religious Brawl

Rating: ⭐️⭐️½

On an average, 10-12 Bollywood films release every month in India and 5 out of these are love stories and only 1 out of five makes its mark. Sometimes none of them. Still, filmmakers take up the risk and choose to go through this perilous tunnel. The Rock On and Kai Po Che fame director Abhishek Kapoor daresay to tread on this path this time with Kedarnath. Let’s check out this Kedarnath review and dissect whether this love story becomes that 1 out of five or not.

Story

Mukku aka Mandakini (Sara) is a spunky younger daughter of a local priest (Nitish Bharadwaj) of the valley fells head over heels with Mansoor (Sushant)- a pithoo (who carries pilgrim on his back to the shrine). As the inter-caste love romance blooms, it starts upsetting the false beliefs of the orthodox pundits in the valley without having any clue that one of the biggest catastrophes of the nation awaits to shake down their lives.

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Screenplay and Dialogues

Co-written by Abhishek Kapoor and Kanika Dhillon, Kedarnath takes off with a unique idea but loses the momentum as it progresses. A unique idea lacks novelty of the screenplay and that’s where the whole drama turns predictable. Moreover, the love story also bland and lacks intensity, especially when you portray inter-faith romance. Had the makers highlighted the socio-religious part as well as the misbelief laden mindsets and the hypocrisy prevailed around, the film could have even a sharper edge.

Dialogues penned by Kanika Dhillon are spanky. Some of them are really outstanding and hold a lot of weight.

Direction

Helmed by the seasoned director Abhishek Kapoor, Kedarnath’s dull script influences the prowess of its director. The direction is not bad, it lays no impact due to the loopholes in the script.  The VFX work showing the disaster flood and storm is spectacular. All and all, a classic idea of portraying misbelief, cast and status differences gets deviated and Kedarnath turns out to be a superficial melodrama in the end.

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Performances

Sara Ali Khan is the major highlight of the film as she portrays all the emotions her role demanded. We can say, Bollywood discovers another talent after Alia and Jhanvi. Sushant being the protagonist fails to do anything extraordinary here which disappoints to the core because he is a good actor. Nitish Bharadwaj, Alka Amin, Sonali Sachdev, Pooja Gor, Nishant Dahiya, Mir Sarwar, Tarun Gahlot, etc lend a reasonably good support.

Music

‘Namo Namo’ and ‘Sweetheart’ are melodies out of the album. The lyrics catch your attention and the songs are pictured in a way that they take the narration further.

Why Should You Watch?

You can go if you have not been to any hill station since long. The cinematography will give you some phenomenal visuals. The series of VFX in the climax is something worth mentioning here. Rest we can’t recommend it. Watch it at your own risk.

Kedarnath movie cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan, Nishant Dahiya, Nitish Bharadwaj, Pooja Gor, Alka  Amin

Kedarnath movie director: Abhishek Kapoor

 

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