Sara Ali Khan - Sushant Singh Rajput’s Kedarnath BANNED from Uttarakhand

Lewis Collier
December 8, 2018

Sushant Singh Rajput is playing a Muslim native boy living in the sub-burbs of Kedarnath while Sara Ali Khan is portraying a Hindu girl who comes to take a spiritual journey in the temple. The state, however, asked district magistrates to decide on the matter depending on the situation in areas under their jurisdiction. 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.

After working with debutante actress Sara Ali khan in Kedarnath, actor Tarun Gahlot seems to be in awe of her.

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

Earlier, Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader demanded that the film should be banned. The committee is being headed by Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and after examining the objections to the film, decided not to declare an official ban on it.

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Navalgund tahsildar Naveen Hullur said they had no choice but to give in to the villagers' demands. In the last four days, more than half the water from the lake has been drained out.

Meanwhile, the state government held a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat late in the evening, after the submission of a report by the committee. Kedarnath has been banned from release in Haridwar, Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar district. Protesters claim the movie's tagline "Love is a pilgrimage" hurts Hindus' 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.

State Congress spokesperson Garima Mehra Dasauni said that while the Congress is in favour of promoting shooting in Uttarakhand, it is important to ensure that the said movie does not hurt religious sentiments.

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