Sara Ali Khan: Her first performance on celluloid has the right amount of fire to spark a connection with the audience.
Sushant Singh: He is in a slightly under-played role, supports Sara’s efforts.
Story: Mandakini aka Mukku is a feisty, young girl living in Kedarnath with her family. Her father (Nitish Bharadwaj) is a local priest and things get complicated when Mukku falls in love with a muslim boy and local pithoo (human porter) Mansoor. While the inter-faith romance between characters of different faith forms the core of the story, no one anticipates the other life-changing event, that is about to take this holy place by storm
Cinematography: Cleverly executed
Screenplay: Crest and trough of dramatic waves
Direction: Director Abhishek Kapoor’s attempt to make a film set against the backdrop of a natural calamity of this proportion is ambitious and sincere.
Kedarnath (2018): The setting is what makes a difference, because the simple and predictable love story doesn’t really rose above the water level. The clever use of CGI mixed with live-action shots to depict moments like cloudburst and the pilgrim city submerging underwater creates an authentic impact. The execution in these areas, along with a memorable debut by Sara, is what keeps the film afloat.
Review by Shreya Ghosh