Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

‘Kedarnath’ screening banned across Uttarakhand, says state tourism minister

‘Kedarnath’ screening banned across Uttarakhand, says state tourism minister

Of the hilly state's 13 districts, only seven have movie theatres and Kedarnath has been banned in all of them. One person who has not watched the film despite having the opportunity is Sara's dad Sacred Games-star Saif Ali Khan.

Kedarnath, starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, is a love story set against the backdrop of catastrophic floods that had nearly destroyed the town in 2014.

Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Kedarnath which is set against the backdrop of the devastating 2013 Uttarakhand flood, has been released nationwide on Friday.

Jabalpur: Hindu Sena activists stage a protest against the film Kedarnath at south Avenue mall. A decision to this effect was taken after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reviewed the report submitted by a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj.

Following this, all the DM's have banned the film's release in their districts. He said that going forward, the state government would consider vetting a movie's script before allowing shooting in Uttarakhand if it pertains to "sensitive issues".

The district magistrates of Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar on Thursday imposed a ban on the movie Kedarnath, expecting disruption of law and order. The court told Bharti to raise its objections with Maharaj's committee.

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.

Ajay said, "The movie appears to be an effort to promote love jihad". Legal representatives of the movie's producers as well as the Censor Board opposed the petition, which contended that Kedarnath's story is imaginary and an "untrustworthy tale of love" between a Muslim youth and a Brahmin girl.

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