'Kedarnath' not be screened in Uttarakhand

Sara Ali Khan will share screen space with Sushant Singh Rajput in Kedarnath

In spite of the receiving clearance from the government, the film has been banned in 7 districts of Uttarakhand.

PILs seeking a ban on films have become a regular occurrence.

Directed by Abhishek Kapoor of Kai Po Che fame, Kedarnath is a love story of a Hindu tourist played by Sara and a Muslim porter (pithoo) played by Sushant, who takes her on the 14 kilometre-long pilgrimage from Gauri Kund to the shrine of Lord Shiva. Previously, the Supreme Court came down heavily on individual states against opting for a blanket ban across states according to the whims of state governments.

The matter was then looked after during a meeting headed by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat after a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj submitted a report in this regard.

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The districts where the film has been banned include Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Pauri, Tehri and Almora, the ADG said.

The Hindi flick, with the 2013 flash floods in Kedarnath as the backdrop, was being opposed by the right-wing activists from the day its shooting began in the hill state and they alleged that it hurt Hindu sentiments and promoted the idea of "Love Jihad". Many BJP leaders have claimed the movie is surreptitiously promoting "love jihad".

A similar PIL drew flak from the Gujarat high court on Wednesday. She said instead of banning the entire movie, it's advisable to remove the objectionable scenes from it. 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.

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to ban the film and asked the petitioners to approach the District Magistrate with their complaints.

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