Set in the breathtaking landscapes of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is an inter-faith romance story with the backdrop of the nightmare of the 2013 floods. Abhishek Kapoor and Kanika Dhillon together, have created a quirky tale of romance where the person in charge of the angle is the girl Mandakini, played by Sara Ali Khan, and her love interest is Mansoor, played by Sushant Singh Rajput. Writer Kanika Dhillon is obsessed with complicated characters and in all the good ways. Matlab, tedha inka normal hai. Women in her universe are the opposite of everything that we expect them to be!
Let’s first talk about the woman of the hour, Sara Ali Khan. If this was her performance in her debut, I am on excitement level 200 to see her future projects. God, she wears her character like her own skin and doesn’t look misfit for even a minute. Dialogue delivery, body language, tonality, emotions, everything on point. Her character is very similar to that of Rumi from Manmarziyaan not on steroids. Not that it feels repetitive, but you can figure out. She has her conflicts in her mind, feels that the world revolves around her, and is everything that you don’t expect a girl living in Kedarnath to be. Sara plays the part well.
Sushant plays the part like he is expected to and is good to watch on screen. As the deep, intense, mysterious one, he gets the emotions right. As a pair, he and Sara look great together. Kedarnath majorly belongs to the behind the screen department. Locations, sets, costumes and even the VFX, everything shows that their surrounding is much bigger than them, but they still are the ones to be noticed. The VFX is especially good.
A special mention to the background score of the film. It keeps you on edge during the flood scenes and doesn’t allow you to even blink. If Amit Trivedi doesn’t get every award for his song albums this year, we should call off all of them. Namo Namo is on a loop. There is a little ‘whhhattt?’ moment when Sushant starts dancing like a DID ( Dance India Dance)contestant, and it cuts you a bit. Also, the narrative after the flooding, starts rushing and doesn’t let you connect to anything happening. That apart, Kedarnath is a decent watch.