Kedarnath (2018)

I was looking forward to this film as I have always been intrigued by Kedarnath temple. Having done most pilgrimages in India, this is one I am yet to do. The devastating events in 2013 were relived with dignity and terror in equal parts, as the film showcases devotion, love and divide effectively.

One word for debutant Sara Ali Khan, Phenomenal! She clearly has the genes for acting, a complete natural, but also looks so similar to her mother Amrita Singh in many scenes. She’s feisty just like her, and has tackled a character graph in her first film with ease. She displays a range of emotions flawlessly, so much so you wonder is this really her first film. If she makes the right film choices, she’s our next Alia Bhatt.

Sushant Singh Rajput is very good in a role that demands both balance and abandon. He’s endearing as the ‘pithu’ and loves with such surrender that he wins you over. There is one particular scene where they share their vulnerabilities. I haven’t seen such depth and purity of romance in a long time. Both leads are true to their characters till the end of the film, which makes it a delight to watch.

Abhishek Kapoor has managed to walk the tightrope with success, presenting a love story within the framework of devotion and a natural disaster. The scenes depicting the floods and cloud burst are executed very well. The film is short and to the point, with excellent music and lyrics.

I really enjoyed it.

3.5/5

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