Kedarnath temple, dedicated to lord Shiva and situated in Uttarakhand, was recreated in Mumbai for the shooting of Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath.
The Abhishek Kapoor directorial Kedarnath is a love tale between Sushant and Sara with the 2013 Kedarnath floods in the backdrop.
For the convenience of the shoot, the makers of the film decided to recreate the historical structure built by the Pandavas at Film City in Mumbai. Sharing more details about the same, Mayur Sharma, production designer of the film said, “The Kedarnath temple is too crammed, and we wanted space for the easy movement of camera. That apart, the temperature on real location was 10 degree Celsius and shooting in such cold climate would have been tough. Which is why, we decided to recreate the Kedarnath mandir along with the pathway, which is now completely damaged due to the floods. We also created a village called Rambada, from where Sushant hails in the film. We also created artificial snow.”
With the village and the temple being recreated in Film City maidan, Mayur who has earlier worked on Fukrey Returns, says the entire tirth yatra sequence has been shot in Mumbai. The exterior shots of the village have been filmed at a real location, which was Trijugi Narayan village near Son Prayag.
The movie has been shot for over 60 days, including the flood scenes which were filmed at a set created in Khopoli, near Mumbai. In a large tank, which looked like a swimming tank, they erected houses which were later submerged using water. The actors thus shot underwater too as they were seen trapped in the flood. For these scene 50 lakh liters of water was used to fill up the tanks and shoot the disaster sequences.
It’s said that while the temple and the adjoining village was created with a budget of Rs 6 crore, the overall budget of the film’s sets went up to Rs 9 crore.
(Story by Onkar Kulkarni)