The release date of director Abhishek Kapoor’s upcoming drama Kedarnath, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan in her Bollywood debut, has been postponed from June 2018 to early 2019. If all goes well, the film will arrive in theaters on January 26, 2019, reveals producer Prerna Arora of KriArj Entertainment.
A media report, earlier in the day, read that the film has been postponed owing to a crucial sequence in the film that requires the set of Kedarnath to be built in Mumbai. In an interview to indianexpress.com, Prerna divulged the details about the revised release date and the reason behind it.
“KriArj first has Padman with Akshay sir (Kumar). It has got advanced from April to January. It will be followed by Pari and Parmanu. Then Kedarnath, which I had to release by June. Being a very big film, there will be a lot of VFX, computer graphics and set building. When we wrapped up its shooting from Kedarnath (in Uttarakhand) and came to Mumbai, it was raining here. So, we could not build the set here because it’s huge. Now, we will be shooting in Mumbai from later this month or December. We will finish all the outdoor shoots and then we will build the whole set of Kedarnath somewhere in outskirts of Mumbai. Then there’s no hurry. We can start by April and by May-June we will be wrapping up the set schedule.”
Hence, that leaves the producer with no other choice than to push the release date. Also, the makers want to give their ambitious project the much-needed wide release.
“I have four films releasing next year, including Vishal sir’s (Bhardwaj’s co-production starring Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan). So, I don’t want to release Kedarnath amid all of this. It’s a big film for me. So, I am looking at maybe January 26, 2019. The film needs to come at the right date. This is a business and a strategic call by KriArj to release out next big film widely. I am working on it (locking the January 26 date).”
Spilling the beans on the film’s subject, Prerna said that the film is about brotherhood. “Brotherhood is its USP. The film talks about unity. So, January 26 (India’s republic day) gives me that requirement and privilege to bring out a subject that talks about the country’s unity, about Hindu-Muslim brotherhood. So, that’s why I am thinking of this date. Mostly, I will go with this.”