Despite receiving clearance from the government, Kedarnath banned in Uttarakhand!

Bessie Dean
December 8, 2018

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.

Earlier, Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader demanded that the film should be banned.

Kedarnath marks the debut of Sara Ali Khan and also presents the second association of Abhishek Kapoor with Ronnie Screwvala along with Sushant Singh Rajput after Kai Po Che.

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A similar PIL drew flak from the Gujarat high court on Wednesday. The decision was taken after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The film is set in the backdrop of the devastating Uttarakhand floods that left several thousand dead in 2013.

Keeping in view the objections, the state government had formed a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj and comprising Home Secretary Nitesh Kumar Jha, Director General of Police Anit Ratoori and Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar. Legal representatives of the movie's producers as well as the Censor Board opposed the petition, which contended that Kedarnath's story is imaginary and an "untrustworthy tale of love" between a Muslim youth and a Brahmin girl. "The state shall ensure law and order is maintained". "The movie is banned everywhere in the state", Maharaj told. These districts are Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar and Almora. Also, the film has two weeks for itself till Zero arrives. He pointed out that theirs is a single-screen theatre and the last-minute ban meant the establishment did not earn a single penny on Friday.

However, the Tourism Minister today morning informed that the film has been banned in Uttarakhand claiming that it "hurts the religious sentiments of many people".

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