Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Kedarnath banned in 7 Uttarakhand districts, disruption of peace expected

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Charles Bowen | 08 December, 2018, 03:22

Of the hilly state's 13 districts, only seven have movie theatres and Kedarnath has been banned in all of them.

Kedarnath, which is Sara Ali Khan's debut, hit the screens on December 7.

Mumbai: The Sara Ali Khan-Sushant Rajput starrer Bollywood film "Kedarnath" will not be released in the hill state of Uttarakhand, an official said on Friday. The movie is essentially a love story set against the backdrop the Kedarnath floods and communal discord.

While there has been no official ban on the film by the state government, it has written to all district magistrates (DMs) about the film and the controversies surrounding it. Ever since the trailer and teaser of Kedarnath hit the web, priests from the shrine-town have been wildly protesting against the film, saying that it is a case of "love-jihad", as the two lead characters are Hindu and Muslim, who fall in love.

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Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat chaired a meeting on Thursday evening after a committee headed by Maharaj submitted a report and decided not to officially ban the movie, reported Outlook. The court told Bharti to raise its objections with Maharaj's committee.

BJP leader Ajendra Ajay also claimed that the movie has vulgar dance numbers picturized at the places of worship which hurt their religious sentiments.

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to ban the film and asked the petitioners to approach the District Magistrate with their complaints. "We are not the censor board".

Darshan Bharti, whose petition seeking ban on the film was rejected by Nainital High Court, said the movie's makers have tried to play with the sentiments of the Hindus by showing a love story of a Muslim porter and a Brahmin girl. "State shall ensure law and order is maintained".

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