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Kedarnath is a love story set in the backdrop of devastating 2013 Uttarakhand floods. The movie is named after a Hindu shrine that was one of the most affected places in the disaster. Kedarnath stars Sushant Singh Rajput and debutante Sara Ali Khan, the daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh.

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The Abhishek Kapoor directorial is expected to open at around Rs 5 crore.

Trade analyst Girish Johar said, “Set against the devastating 2013 Uttarakhand floods, Kedarnath is a fictitious love story and this genre has always clicked with the audience. So, it is expected to pull people and earn Rs 5-6 crore on the day of its release.”

Johar added, “Sushant and Sara are the driving force of the film. While Sushant is on his way to becoming one of the superstars of the country, Sara is also an aspiring star. She has been a big craze among the youth. So, going by the buzz around the film and its trailer, it appears Sushant and Sara are the driving force of Kedarnath.”

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Kedarnath received mixed reviews. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it 2 stars. She wrote, “It starts off with promise: any film which shows young love ignoring barriers of religion and class needs to be celebrated. Using the devastating 2013 Uttarakhand floods as a major plot twist should have given the film some real-life gravitas. But the writing is sketchy, and the tone confused, never quite knowing whether to go quiet and life-like or to swell with wailing violins, especially when the waters start rising, and life-threatening danger starts looming.”

Kedarnath is facing controversy. The film has been banned from releasing in seven districts of Uttarakhand — the districts where the film has been banned include Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Pauri, Tehri and Almora.

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