Kedarnath controversy: Sara Ali Khan film banned in Uttarakhand

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2018

The film, which stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan, is set to release on December 7. According to a few Hindu religious outfits, the film hurt the sentiments by promoting "love-jihad" through its script as Sara Ali Khan's character is a daughter of a Hindu pandit who falls in love with a Muslim porter played by Singh.

The reason behind stalling the release of the film is that Kedarnath is one of the prime places for Hindu devotees and has a temple that is vital for the Hindus. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile.

The districts where the film has been banned include Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Pauri, Tehri and Almora, the ADG said.

The court has however posted the petition for further hearing on Thursday without granting any stay on the release of the film. Couldn't the director find a single Hindu name or character for the main lead? The petitioner has also claimed that the film's story maliciously dilutes the real events of the 2013 floods, which claimed the lives of several Hindu pilgrims. The petition, filed by lawyers Ramesh Chandra Mishra and Prabhakar Tripathi, sought to reassess the flick by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on grounds that "it hurts religious sentiments and promotes love-jihad". The plea also stated that shooting a love scene at a place like Kedarnath, which is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, hurts their religious sentiments. Besides that, Sara Ali Khan's awesome performance in her debut movie is already being praised by the audience and celebs.

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