Sara Ali Khan debut film Kedarnath is facing criticism, ever since the release of its trailer and now voices against the release of the film is getting louder.
In a recent report, it has come to knowledge that the movie has been banned in seven of the thirteen districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Nainital, Dehradun, Uddham Singh Nagar, Pauri, Tehri and Almora.
The decision has been taken by District Magistrates concerned in view of the situation prevailing in their areas, ADG (law and order) Ashok Kumar told PTI today (Friday, Dec 7). The district magistrates of Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar had on Thursday imposed a ban on the screening of the film.
Earlier in November, the chairman of the Kedarnath priests, Vinod Shukla said in a statement, “We will launch an agitation if the movie is not banned as we have been told that it hurts the Hindu religious sentiments by promoting ‘love jihad'(an alleged campaign under which Muslim men target the non-Muslim women for conversion to Islam).”
Moreover, PILs were filed in Bombay High Court pleading to stop the release of the movie .Advocate Prabhakar Tripathi and advocate Rameshchandra Mishra have claimed in their plea that the film is based on one of the most pious Hindu shrines in the world and is propagating a twisted Hindu-Muslim love story which is unacceptable. In addition to that, the plea also suggests that the story of the film has maliciously diluted the real events of the 2013 floods which claimed lives of several Hindu pilgrims.
However, Bombay High Court has dismissed their plea and ordered the release of the film.
Kedarnath, starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, is a love story set against the backdrop of catastrophic floods that had almost destroyed the town in 2014. In the film, Sara plays Mukku, an upper-class Hindu pilgrim and Sushant plays Mansoor, a Muslim ‘pithoo’ (porter) who carries children and the old to Kedarnath, a holy Hindu shrine located in the Himalayas.