In the realm of Indian cinema, the film 'Kedarnath' stands as a poignant testament to the talent and dedication of its cast and crew. As we commemorate the fifth anniversary of this cinematic gem, directed by Abhishek Kapoor and featuring the late Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan, it is a moment to delve into the profound impact it has left on audiences. Beyond the silver screen, Abhishek Kapoor, in a recent interview offered a glimpse into the arduous journey of filming 'Kedarnath' and shared insights into the exceptional contributions of its lead actors.
Sushant Singh Rajput's Resilience:
Abhishek Kapoor's recollection of a challenging day during the film's shoot encapsulates the dedication of the late Sushant Singh Rajput. Facing harsh weather conditions in Kedarnath, Sushant, along with Sara Ali Khan, braved freezing temperatures for a rain-drenched scene. Kapoor vividly remembers the actor turning blue due to the biting cold but commendably powering through to complete the scene. The director's words resonate with admiration for Sushant's unwavering determination and exceptional talent that left an indelible mark on the film.
Sara Ali Khan's Debut and Dedication:
The film also marked the debut of Sara Ali Khan, who portrayed the character of Mukku. Abhishek Kapoor shed light on how he envisioned a compatibility between Sara and the role of Mukku. During the early days of Sara's career, Kapoor noted her limited industry knowledge but emphasized her strong enthusiasm for the craft and her commendable effort. Sara's portrayal of Mukku added depth to the film and solidified her presence in the world of Indian cinema.
Abhishek Kapoor's Perspective on 'Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui':
Transitioning from the success of 'Kedarnath,' Abhishek Kapoor ventured into 'Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui,' which released on December 10, 2021. Despite receiving positive reviews, the film fell short of expected commercial success. Kapoor, however, views the film as an opportunity to contribute to society during challenging times, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing prevalence of OTT platforms.
In a candid reflection, Abhishek Kapoor expressed, 'While we create films with the audience in mind, there are moments when an opportunity arises to contribute to society. For me, it was the perfect time to embark on such a project.' He underscored the importance of a well-rounded cinematic career that goes beyond box office considerations, emphasizing the need to produce films with a greater purpose.