Kedarnath Review: The Biggest Disaster Aren’t the Floods But the Love Story

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Kedarnath Review: The Biggest Disaster Aren’t the Floods But the Love Story

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bhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath – set in the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods – belongs to a genre largely untapped by Hindi cinema: disaster films. The inexperience is glaringly evident. In Hollywood disaster films such as Titanic, the eventual fate of its two leads rests solely on the demands of the plot. But in Kedarnath, a Bollywood love story set amid a disaster, the fate of its leads depend on whether one of them is a star kid making her debut. (It’s not hard to discern why the climax of Dhadak was favourable to Janhvi Kapoor).

Even in its plot, Kedarnath doesn’t stray very far away from expectations. It unfolds as an uninspiring rich-girl-poor-boy love story that soon becomes a doomed Hindu-Muslim romance opposed by parents and by nature. On paper, the idea of an interfaith couple in Kedarnath – the epicentre of Hinduism – in a climate that legitimises “love jihad” might come across as brave. But trust Kapoor to go out of his way to make it look gimmicky.

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