The teaser of director Abhishek Kapoor’s much-anticipated film Kedarnath has left the audiences gushing about the visual treat that the film is set to offer. The Sushant Singh Rajput starrer presents a love story set against the backdrop of the floods. Recently, filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor revealed what inspired him to opt for the unconventional concept.
“As a kid, I used to go to Vaishno Devi very often with my parents. And in 2015, since I wanted to travel, I went to the Golden Temple in Amritsar first, and then on to Vaishno Devi. And what I saw on that journey grabbed my attention. I understood what our country is about and who we are as people,” Kapoor said.
“Politics and others issues are constantly dividing us but at the core, we are one community that has always lived in harmony. Differences between Hindus and the Muslims only started around 40-50 years ago. It wasn’t there during the time of our elders, it wasn’t there during my yatra too. The film grew out of this realisation. Two years earlier, massive floods had ravaged Kedarnath. Taking that as a backdrop I tailored my Kedarnath,” the director further added.
Abhishek Kapoor, who has worked extensively on the locations, also did tremendous research for his film. Sharing details of his preparation the filmmaker said, “I had never been to Kedarnath before the floods, but I did go there to research the location and the people. People come to the temple with so much faith, you can feel a positive energy instantly. I met some babas who live in and mediate in the caves all year round. For them, spirituality is all about self-realisation and not commercialisation. Talking to them… sharing their silence… is a surreal experience. I hope the film reflects all that I felt there.”
Kedarnath is an eternal love story set in the backdrop of the flash floods that wrecked the temple town in the June of 2013. It is a potent combination of love and religion, passion and spirituality. The floods that took the lives of over a hundred thousand people is a powerful backdrop for this epic love story.
Kedarnath marks the debut of Sara Ali Khan and also presents the second association of Abhishek Kapoor with Ronnie Screwvala along Sushant Singh Rajput after Kai Po Che.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Abhishek Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures, Kedarnath is directed by Abhishek Kapoor and is slated to release on 7th December 2018.