Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer Kedarnath released with a moderate box-office collection. The Abhishek Kapoor film hit the theatres on Friday and despite being the solo Bollywood release of the week, the film only managed to register an opening of around Rs 7 crore, as stated by Boxofficeindia.com. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to his Twitter handle to state the numbers.
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#Kedarnath takes a healthy start... Biz picked up during the course of the day... Sat and Sun biz crucial... Fri ₹ 7.25 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 8, 2018
Kedarnath is a romantic flick which revolves around the disastrous 2013 Uttarakhand floods. Soon after the trailer was launched, the film landed in a pit of troubles when Teerth purohits (priests) of the shrine town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand’s Chardham demanded that a blanket ban is imposed on the movie stating that it hurts the Hindu religious sentiments and promotes ‘Love Jihad’.
Sushant Singh Rajput is playing the role of a pithu, who carries pilgrims on their backs and is a Muslim by religion while Sara plays a role of a Hindu girl who falls in love with him.
Sara, who made her Bollywood debut, with this love saga was lauded by the critics and audiences across the country, for her outstanding performance. As reported by Hindustantimes.com, film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi said, “On the business front, Kedarnath should bring around Rs 5 crore on day one and then it would entirely depend on the merit of the film’s content. Since there is no star like Salman, Shah Rukh or Ranbir who can draw the audience on face value, it’s a film which is as good as its content.”
“If you go by what we have seen of Sara Ali Khan in her interviews, public appearances, reality shows, Koffee With Karan and everywhere else, a lot of people are clearly very excited about this new young talent that has ..arrived. Lots of people are looking forward to the launch of Sara Ali Khan and that may possibly become the USP of the film,” added the exhibitor.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP and Pragya Kapoor's Guy In the Sky Pictures, Kedarnath is directed by Abhishek Kapoor.