Kedarnath Movie Review 2018: Fiction And Friction

Movie Name
Abhishek Kapoor
Drama, Romance
01 hours 56 minutes

Kedarnath Review

The elderly Hindu pilgrim wants only a ‘Puja-paatporter'. Mansoor the pittu or porter chants ‘Jai Hind' and ‘Jai Bholenath' very cheerfully. He says, ‘My horse Rustom reads neither the Koran nor the Gita' and gets the protesting pilgrim to sit on it. By the time they reach the peak for Lord Shiva's blessings, Mansoor's goodness has won her over completely.

Like the Titanic, a fictional romance is set against a tragic true event. Being a Hindi film, it faintly resembles old films like Jab JabPhoolKhile and Raja Hindustani where the hero was a tourist guide. But unlike all these films, director Abhishek Kapoor doesn't follow the rich girl-poor boy outline. He opts to make a Hindu-Muslim romance against the backdrop of a place of pilgrimage. Mansoor is a dream porter for every pilgrim while Mukku is the pujari's defiant daughter. Defiant because the pujari has fixed her marriage with a guy who wanted Mukku instead of her sister.

Interesting, so far.

But Kapoor goes overboard with a one-sided story where only the pujari, the family and the whole bunch of Hindus are communal. On the other hand, every slight, abuse and action by the Hindus is tolerated by good-hearted Mansoor and his community without raising even a finger. Instead, Mansoor's answer when he's taunted is, Jai Bholenath.

Screenplay writer Kanika Dhillon also makes almost every character around Mukku dark grey to full black. Her fiancé is violent and commercial, so is her father, they have scant respect for the environment. It's onlyMansoor who cares about the welfare and sanctity of Kedarnath.

The characterizations are curious. I wonder why the fiancé would want to marry Mukkudespite her ‘Roop tera mastana' kind of scene with another man, whoever he may be. Somewhat like Abhishek Bachchan's character in Manmarziyaan which was also written by Kanika. But out here the fiancé is neither hot nor lovable.

It makes Mukku's father, the pujari, also an uncaring parent for wanting this man as his son-in-law.

Mukku's sister too is inconsistent, shown to be resentful of Mukku most of the way but suddenly taking up for her and charging her mother with never speaking up for her daughters.

When narrating a Hindu-Muslim love story, a sense of balance was required. Kapoor unfortunately for sakes it as Mansoor is the quintessential hero in every way who'll swallow every insult with a smile and give up his life to help others. In fact, he's so decent that Mukkufinds him attractive and begins to chase him.

What goes in Kapoor's favour is that he tells his story with great efficiency. He captures the tragic floods of 2013 that devastated Uttarakhand and picturises the climax with dramatic, emotional impact. He also draws substantial performances from his two lead actors.

Self-assured and unfazed by the camera, Sara Ali Khan makes an impressive debut.

Sushant Singh Rajput as Mansoor is at ease.

Amit Trivedi's ‘Namo Namo Shankara' has a great beat.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.


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The Verdict

For a love story that’s well told but has its flaws, Kedarnath gets a 3* rating.


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