'Kedarnath' movie banned in Uttarakhand, tourism minister says against sentiments of people
Dehradun: To ensure that no untoward situation is reported, the districts magistrates have decided to ban the movie in their respective areas. The movie starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan is releasing in cinema halls today.
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Uttarakhand government has formed a four member committee headed by tourism minister Satpal Maharaj to review the movie.
The committee met CM Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday evening and it was decided that while the government will not ban the movie, the district magistrates will take a decision as per the situation in their jurisdiction area.
Maharaj told TOI, “Personally I am against using the name of Kedarnath ji for a movie which is showing love affair in people from different communities. People come for Moksha to Kedarnath and using the name for a wrong purpose cannot be justified.”He claimed that the state government will make stringent law to ensure such an act is not repeated in future. “We will come up with a bond to be filled by filmmakers to make a commitment that they will not make a movie which is against state or sentiments of people. We may even ask for their script,” said the minister.
The issue gained prominent as BJP leader Ajendra Ajay raised on objection and posted his opinion on Facebook on November 1.
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The teaser of the movie, was released on October 29. On November 1 Ajay posted his long message on his Facebook wall claiming that the movie was promoting “Love Jihad.” His views for the support of several others, who too wrote that the content shown in the film teaser was against the sentiments of religion and people.
Ajay, who presently, is the state head of BJP’s media relation department, said that Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has respected the sentiments of people of Uttarakhand. “The scenes of the movie are objection and things have been presented in a wrong way. By raising the issue, I have brought to the fore the feeling of Uttarakhandis,” he said.
The campaign started by Ajay met a strong support in Rudraprayag and Haridwar of Uttarakhand with a high number of protests being witnessed in both districts against the movie. Effigies of the movie have been set on fire at various locations and some saints and seers too have opposed the content shown in the trailer.
Laksar MLA Sanjay Gupta told TOI, “We will not allow this movie to run. This is completely against the feelings of Hindus, what are you trying to show in the movie and what message is the director conveying. Each and every person of Uttarakhand is against it.”
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