Screening of ‘Kedarnath’ banned in 7 districts of Uttarakhand amid protests

A ban has been imposed on the screening of the film ‘Kedarnath’ in seven districts of Uttarakhand in view of protests by Hindu outfits, a senior official said Friday.
The decision has been taken by District Magistrates concerned in view of the situation prevailing in their areas, ADG (law and order)Ashok Kumar told PTI on Friday.
There will be no screening of the film in seven districts of the state where Hindu outfits have protested against the film by burning effigies of film-makers, he said.
The districts where the film has been banned include Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Pauri, Tehri and Almora, the ADG said.
The district magistrates of Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar had on Thursday imposed a ban on the screening of the film.
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, is set to be released on Friday.
Sushant Singh Rajput and debutante Sara Ali Khan portray the lead characters in the movie.
Those seeking a ban on the film accused it of hurting Hindu sentiments and alleged that it was promoting love jihad.
With widespread protest over Bollywood film ‘Kedarnath’ taking place in the hill state, the Uttarakhand government had formed a committee to look into the objection of various groups.
Based on the promo of the film, many groups, including the right wing, have launched an agitation demanding a ban on the movie.
A committee under the headship of Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj was constituted. Home Secretary Nitesh Jha, Information Secretary Dilip Jawalkar and DGP Anil Raturi are members of the committee.
The Hindu Jagran Manch and Badri Kedar Simiti have raised objection on many scenes from the films which hurts the sentiments of the Hindus.
(With PTI inputs)

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