What Inspired Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor To Make A Movie On Kedarnath?

Kedarnath was conceived after realising the magnitude of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.

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The movie Kedarnath was launched last year was a much-awaited movie because it marked the debut of suave actor Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan. It wasn’t an easy thing for the makers as the movie was claimed to encourage the thought of Love-Jihad (where a Muslim boy marries a Hindu girl) and was also banned in few states. Despite all the tragedies the movie was finally launched and did well. It was well-received by the audience and both the stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan showcased their talent very well.

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The director of the movie Abhishek Kapoor was questioned numerous times about why did he choose the incident of Kedarnath floods as the backdrop for the movie. He opened up about it while talking to a leading daily saying “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.”

He also added, “Politics and other 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 realization. Two years earlier, massive floods had ravaged Kedarnath. Taking that as a backdrop I tailored my Kedarnath.”

We have heard about how actors prepare for the role but Abhishek Kapoor as a filmmaker took an extra step while shooting the movie, as he explained “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 positive energy instantly. I met some babas who live and mediate in the caves all year round. For them, spirituality is all about self-realization and not commercialization. Talking to them… sharing their silence… is a surreal experience. I hope the film reflects all that I felt there.”

Quite inspiring, isn’t it? Kedarnath is a must watch and is now available on ZEE5.

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