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

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A decision to this effect was taken after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reviewed the report submitted by a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj.

After Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat invited the wrath of Hindu extremist groups earlier this year, Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath is Bollywood's latest offering that has enraged far-right groups in the country who have unanimously called for a ban on the film citing the glorification of love-jihad in the movie reportedly.

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The Uttarakhand high court on Thursday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on the film Kedarnath, asking the petitioners not to watch the movie if they did not like its premise.

After working with debutante actress Sara Ali khan in Kedarnath, actor Tarun Gahlot seems to be in awe of her. Other districts of the state do not have a film theatre. "The movie is banned everywhere in state". Both the petitioners alleged that the film, which depicts a love story between a Muslim porter and a Hindu girl, hurt religious sentiments.

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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.

Also, kissing and romantic scenes in a holy place worshipped by crores of people is a sign of disrespect to the religion."There has been strong protest against the film, and it has been banned in Uttarakhand".

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Following this, all the DM's have banned the film's release in their districts. We are not the censor board. These districts are Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar and Almora. "State shall ensure law and order is maintained".

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