Kedarnath follows the journey of a selfless porter Mansoor Khan (Sushant Singh Rajput) for pilgrimages to Kedarnath Temple in the Uttarakhand mountains and Mukku Mishra (Sara Ali Khan) the bold daughter of a Hindu family. Mansoor becomes Mukku’s guide and soon falls in love with him, but soon her family find out about their relationship in disapproval. Their relationship runs into various obstacles, including the fight for survival against a natural disaster of heaving floods in Uttarakhand (this is based on Uttarakhand’s real natural disaster in 2013).
Bollywood audiences are used to seeing the stereotypical romantic story, but Abhishek Kapoor and Kanika Dhillon have done a commendable effort of creating a tragic love story, which has a slightly alternative plot in this romantic genre. If you were to sum it up the storyline, it is almost a combination of the legendary movies Romeo and Juliet and Titanic. It was predictable in the beginning but took us by surprise towards the second half.
Sara Ali Khan’s debut performance did not seem like a debut at all as she was an absolute natural on screen! She delivered Mukku’s character on point; she was cheeky, rebellious and bad-ass. Sara is definitely a newcomer to watch out for! Sushant Singh Rajput delivered a solid performance as always, he and Sara struck the right balance together from an on-screen chemistry perspective. Kedarnath also marked the debut for Pooja Gor who plays as Mukku’s sister Brinda. Pooja Gor is more well known as playing Pratigya from the popular Indian TV series Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya.
The background score by Hitesh Sonik worked hand in hand beautifully with the stunning cinematography work by Tushar Kanti Ray. The location was insanely alluring… a rarity in films where a setting can seriously blow you away! Tushar and Abhishek did an exceptional job giving the location justice. The visual effects of the natural disaster almost felt real, I was left tense in my seat and staring at the screen in fear of what was to happen next. Amit Tridevi conducted the soundtrack for the movie with a non-extensive list of sweet melodious songs such as Qaafirana, with Sweetheart being the only a dance number, which signified the blossoming love between Mukku and Mansoor.
Kedarnath definitely had more potential to develop in the first half of the film as it did seem slightly speedy, but the dramatic ending certainly was a game changer as it was so unexpected. Overall Kedarnath is a beautiful cinematic journey of love with memorable performances from Sara and Sushant which is worth a watch! Kedarnath releases today in UK cinemas!
London Ki Ladki Rating: ☆☆☆ / 5