Now-a-days, releasing movies without any controversy is quite a difficult task. Every one of us has witnessed one of the longest running controversies during the release of ‘Padmaavat’, and this time Sara Ali Khan’s debut film ‘Kedarnath’ is the target as the priests of the holy town in Uttarakhand have alleged that the film is promoting love jihad.
Love jihad refers to Muslim men trying to convert non-Muslim women into Islam by getting married to them. As per the movie’s director Abhishek Kapoor, the movie is a love story set in the backdrop of the devastating Uttarakhand floods of 2013, featuring Sara as an upper-class Hindu pilgrim and Sushant as a Muslim ‘pithoo’ (porter).
Kedarnath priests are not in favor of the movie being released at all and demand that it be banned as it features inter-religious romance and hurts religious sentiments.
“We will launch an agitation if the movie is not banned,” Vinod Shukla, chairman, Kedar Sabha, an organisaiton of Kedarnath priests, told the media.
Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader, slammed the teaser for showing the lead pair doing intimate scenes in the foreground of a tragedy that killed thousands.
He also said the film’s poster, which “shows the hero, a Muslim, carrying the heroine, a Hindu”, in a palanquin to the Kedarnath temple “is factually incorrect”. “Because you will see no Muslim ferrying pilgrims on the trekking route to the Kedaranth shrine,” he told the media and said the film’s tagline ‘Love is Pilgrimage’ was “equally offensive”.
After the teaser’s release, protests were held at Rudraprayag’s district headquarters and Kotdwar last week, demanding that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi ban the film.
As for now, the movie Kedarnath is scheduled to release on December 7.