District Magistrate Nainital, Vinod Kr Suman, has Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath in Nainital District, after various people including priests of the Kedarnath temple, alleged the movie of promoting ‘Love Jihad’. The movie will not release in Haridwar, Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar districts either. In short, Kedarnath will not release in main centers of Uttarakhand.
Based in the backdrop of 2014 Kedarnath floods, which had almost destroyed the entire town city. The movie depicts love story between a Hindu girl purportedly from a Brahmin background, and a Muslim boy. People have also alleged that the movie shows several objectionable scenes, around the sacred sites.
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).”
The chairman added that the priests were also protesting against the film as there “vulgar dance sequences” being shot around the shrine. Incidentally, locals are also against the release. Controversy has been brewing ever since the movie’s trailer was released on social media.
Earlier, State BJP leader Ajendra Ajay had demanded ban on the movie. Ajay said, “The movie appears to be an effort to promote love jihad. Couldn’t the director find a single Hindu name or character for the main lead? Also, kissing and romantic scenes in a holy place worshipped by crores of people is a sign of disrespect to the religion.”
Ajay objected to the film’s poster that “shows the hero, a Muslim carrying the heroine, a Hindu”, in a palanquin with the Kedarnath shrine in the background.
Kedarnath, which is Sara Ali Khan’s debut, hit the screens on December 7.
Last year, the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat had rocked India. The film was banned in several states. This year, Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath seems to be following the same route.