Despite receiving clearance from the government, Kedarnath banned in Uttarakhand!

Brenda Watkins
December 8, 2018

On the backdrop of the Kedarnath pilgrimage, the film reportedly portrays a Hindu woman played by Sara Ali Khan falling for a Muslim guide essayed by Sushant Rajput whereas the pony walas in Uttarakhand are Nepali Hindus and not Muslims. One person who has not watched the film despite having the opportunity is Sara's dad Sacred Games-star Saif Ali Khan.

The film was shot extensively in Triyuginarayan, Gaurikund, Soneprayag, Rambada, Kedarnath and Chopta, and it had to face protests even then. He said the shrine holds great importance for crores of Hindus and added that it is unfortunate that some scenes in the movie "were found to be objectionable". After the controversy, the screening of Kedarnath was banned as a precautionary measure to avoid conflict and disruption in public.

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Consequently, the state government set up a four-member committee comprising Tourism Minister Maharaj, home secretary, information secretary and DGP to examine the objections against the film. "We asked district magistrates to maintain peace [and] everyone has decided that Kedarnath movie should be banned".

Of the hilly state's 13 districts, only seven have movie theatres and Kedarnath has been banned in all of them. BJP functionaries said the film "encouraged love jihad" and "hurt Hindu sentiments". After the committee submitted a report on Thursday, the government said district magistrates should take a call depending on the law-and-order situation in their jurisdiction area on whether to allow screening of the film. "He claimed that the state government will make a stringent law to ensure such an act is not repeated in future".

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