Kedarnath, starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, hit the screens on December 7. Despite mixed reviews, the film is expected to open on a good note.
Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan in a still from Kedarnath
Kedarnath, starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, is a love story that is set against the 2013 devastating floods that almost destroyed the shrine-town. There has been much hype around the film as it is Sara’s debut, and the starlet has quite an astounding fan-following, even before her debut film had released. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film hit the screens on December 7.
The film has been receiving rather mixed reviews. While Sara and Sushant have been praised for their acting prowess, it has been criticised for being rather slow and unconvincing.
Kedarnath has released on around 2000 screens and is expected to open between Rs 5-7 crore, which is quite a good number to start with. The film was made on a budget of Rs 60 crore.
Kedarnath has been embroiled in controversy, ever since the trailer of the film had hit the web. Priests from the shrine-town were wildly protesting against the film, saying that it is a case of “love-jihad”, as the two lead characters are Hindu and Muslim, who fall in love. They said that the film showed “vulgar dances” and kissing sequences near the holy temple.
Earlier, Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader demanded that the film should be banned.
Ajay said, “The movie appears to be an effort to promote love jihad. Couldn’t the director find a single Hindu name or character for the main lead? Also, kissing and romantic scenes in a holy place worshipped by crores of people is a sign of disrespect to the religion.”There has been strong protest against the film, and it has been banned in Uttarakhand. This might have a strong affect on its box office collections.
It remains to be seen whether Kedarnath will overcome odds and triumph at the box office, regardless.