Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan
This is a disaster. By which I refer to, of course, the film’s genre — in the same way as Titanic, the 1997 film, rather than Titanic, the 1912 ship. With that, I’m also telling you nothing new. Given that the trailer of Kedarnath — pretty much synopsizing the entire picture with its best possible scenes/elements (and they’re all well done) — shows the temple-town being ravaged by the fury of nature, which took place, most recently, in the summer of 2013, misplacing, annihilating thousands of locals and pilgrims.
The movie’s poster has the lead couple — the girl on the boy’s hunched back — with the tagline: Love is a pilgrimage. Which means, you’re already aware, this is very much a romantic movie. So you know both ends — the flowering of young romance, and the inevitability of a natural disaster. What occurs in between, however, seems so frickin’ predictable, it’s almost like being a trekking pilgrim, seeing the temple on top, and the road winding upwards, knowing exactly where you’re headed, and how you’ll get there in the first place.
The boy is poor, and Muslim. The girl is rich, and Hindu. There is a khadoos, kattar (morose, fanatical) father of the bride. The mother is lachaar, helpless. The father has found a suitably dim-witted suitor for his girl. All hell breaks loose. Fairly constricted in space/scale, set in a hilly hamlet, the movie really starts off as a kind of a ‘gori tera gaon bada pyara’ sort of Amol Palekar picture, before descending into a romance so disjointed (let alone with a Sairat-type subversion, or even a hint of a twist), you find yourself observing the peripheral stuff far more — an inevitable sign that the story itself isn’t quite …read more