Thanks to the presence of debutante Sara Ali Khan and a powerful provocative inter-religious love story as its plot, Kedarnath is all set to be get an impressive opening this Friday. Sources in the know say the beleaguered project which was embroiled in a producers’ conflict has shaped into a love-during-the-time-of-cataclysm tale of epic proportions. The producers RSVP and director Abhishek Kapoor are expecting a heartening opening in spite of Rajinikant and Akshay Kumar stronghold over the box office with 2.0 which opened last Friday.
A source from a leading multiplex chain says they expect a sizeable drop in the 2.0 collections in the coming days. “By the time Kedarnath opens on Friday the theatres, screens and the audience should be satiated with 2.0”
Film & Trade Business analyst Girish Johar says, “Kedarnath has got a very interesting backdrop of the love story set in the Northern Hills of India and one of the most sacred places and temple of the country. It’s a fiction-based love story on the actual cloudburst which led to over flooding there. Sushant Singh Rajput is a fine actor and Sara Ali Khan is a budding new star on the horizon, with decent music, I feel the film should open anywhere near Rs. 5 to 6 crores on its Day 1. Thereafter the content and word of mouth will take it accordingly into the weekend.”
Adds trade analyst Amod Mehra, “Opening should be around Rs. 7/8 crores. In film industry you are known by your last film and both the director as well as the hero had given big flops in their previous films. Despite that thanks to the curiosity of Sara Ali Khan the film’s opening can be decent and earn Rs. 7/8 crores on Day 1.”
Trade expert Atul Mohan adds, “The film has gone through various ups and downs right from inception. And now when it’s finally on the verge of release we are hearing a new controversy about ‘Love Jihad’ arising. In a way all these controversies add to the audiences’ curiosity. The film is a debut vehicle of Sara Ali Khan and she is making all the right pre-release noise with her confidence. Looking at all this I think an opening of Rs. 6-7 crores should be on cards.”