Sara Ali Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter, is all set to make her Bollywood debut this month. With co-star Sushant Singh Rajput, she will play the female lead in writer, director, and co-producer Abhishek Kapoor’s latest film titled Kedarnath. The romantic drama follows the love story that forms between a Muslim pithoo (porter) and a Hindu tourist at a pilgrimage amidst the tragic Uttarakhand floods.
The devastating natural disaster in the film is based on the real-life tragedy of the 2013 floods that took place in North India between the 14th and 18th of June. The result of the widespread cloudburst led to the worst natural disaster in India after the 2004 tsunami. Heavy rainfall over several days led to flash floods in the major river valleys of Uttarakhand.
What followed was severe destruction, landslides, and damage worth billions of rupees. Moreover, thousands of people including tourists, pilgrims, and locals were stranded and in danger. There are several pilgrimage sites in the region including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, which are visited by thousands of devotees. Bridges and roads were destroyed during the floods, leaving these pilgrims and tourists trapped in the valleys leading to three of the four Hindu Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The Uttarakhand government released an official report stating that over 5,700 people had been presumed dead. The Indian Air Force, Army, and paramilitary troops came to the rescue, evacuating more than 1,10,000 people from the flood-ravaged area while there are thousands of people that are still missing.
According to a report from the National Institute of Disaster Management, the Kedarnath area was the worst affected region. Most of the destruction in the area was followed by a sudden rapid melting of ice and snow on the Kedarnath Mountain. This flooded the Chorabari lake, which released a large volume of water into Kedarnath town and the temple that was 8 km from the mountain. Amidst all this loss, water, mud, and boulders from landslides destroyed the surrounding areas but the Kedarnath Temple itself was not damaged.
Now, Abhishek Kapoor takes the backdrop of this famous hill shrine to tell the love story of Mansoor and Mukku played by Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan. Amidst the tragic calamity of the floods, a romance brews as Kedarnath shows us the uncertainties of life, nature, and broken hearts. Watch this romantic drama in theatres on 7th December.