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

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Kedarnath, starring Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput, is a love story that is set against the 2013 devastating floods that nearly destroyed the shrine-town. "Lots of people are looking forward to the launch of Sara Ali Khan and that may possibly become the USP of the film".

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP and Pragya Kapoor's Guy In the Sky Pictures, Kedarnath is directed by Abhishek Kapoor and has released successfully today.

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

The screening of Kedarnath has been banned as a precautionary measure to avoid "disruption of peace".

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The ban has been imposed by the district magistrates of Uttarakhand in order to protect the law and order of the state. The court told Bharti to raise its objections with Maharaj's committee. In the meeting, it was decided that the state government would not ban the movie and instead leave the decision to district administrations. Other districts of the state do not have a film theatre.

Those seeking a ban on the film accused it of hurting Hindu sentiments and alleged that it was promoting love jihad. The Gujarat High court called the action a publicity stunt and the extreme Hindu outfits are making it a big issue.

Set against the backdrop of the 2013 deluge, the film, which depicts the love story of a Muslim porter and a Hindu girl on a pilgrimage to Kedarnath, releases Friday.

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