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

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Sara Ali Khan's much-awaited debut film Kedarnath, starring Sushant Singh Rajput has released this Friday, 7 December. Whether releated to brawl in the making team to the Uttarkhand government banning its release in the state, over and out from this Kedarnath gets its path and is at the ticket counters finally.

On the backdrop of the Kedarnath pilgrimage, the film reportedly portrays a Hindu woman played by Sara Ali Khan falling for a Muslim guide essayed by Sushant Rajput whereas the pony walas in Uttarakhand are Nepali Hindus and not Muslims.

A single bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was told the film should be banned as it was hurt people who were affected by the 2013 flash floods that ravaged Kedarnath besides hurting Hindu sentiments. We are not the censor board.

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There will be no screening of the film in seven districts of the state where Hindu outfits have protested against the film burning effigies of film-makers, he said. "The movie is banned everywhere in state".

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.

Uttarakhand and Bombay High Court had both refused to ban the film.

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Swami Darshan Bharti of Garhwal had demanded that the film should be banned. "The state shall ensure law and order is maintained".

However, it left the decision to the district magistrates to allow or ban the screening of the movie depending on the situation in their respective areas.

The latest orders by the District Magistrates would mean that the film will not release in state capital Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Almora and Udhamsinghnagar.

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