Okay, so here is the explosive story of Abhishek Kapoor’s controversial Kedarnath. Hindu pilgrim to Kedarnath, played by Sara Ali Khan, falls in love with Muslim ‘pithu’(the hired recruits who carry pilgrims on their backs to the shrine at the top of the mountain) as the Weather God plays villain.
First of all, the concept is unnecessarily provocative. Mixing religion and romance may be a heady formula for cinema. But it often ends up creating unnecessary controversy. And the way the politics of the country is going, this is plainly playing with fire…But the Kedarnath teaser prefers playing with water. Tons of it flows on screen in the tackiest on-screen portrayal of a landslide and cyclone I’ve ever seen.
The least one expects in a film celebrating the fury of Nature is impressive VFX. The teaser doesn’t even provide the comfort of watching an impressive disaster films. As for the eagerly waited debut of Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan. The girl had the spark when I saw her at age 12 doing a elegant Adaab to my friend filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali at an awards function.
Will her launch film do justice to Sara? I shall reserve my final verdict until the film comes out. The teaser looks exploitative and tacky.
You can watch the teaser here: