Uttarakhand govt committee to decide whether to allow Kedarnath screening
Lead actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan pose during a promotional event for their upcoming film Kedarnath. (Photo: AFP)
With widespread protest over Bollywood film Kedarnath taking place in the hill state, the Uttarakhand government has formed a committee to look into the objection of various groups. Based on the promo of the films many groups, including the right wing, have launched an agitation demanding a ban on the movie.
While the film is releasing on tomorrow (7 December), the committee will decide whether or not to allow Kedarnath screening in Uttarakhand.
In order to review the objections being raised, a committee under the headship of Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj has been constituted. Home Secretary Nitesh Jha, Information Secretary Dilip Jawalkar and DGP Anil Raturi are members of the committee. The committee will examine the objections being raised and submit its report. Based on the report, an appropriate decision on the screening of the movie in Uttarakhand will be taken.
The Hindu Jagran Manch and Badri Kedar Simiti have raised objection on many scenes from the films which hurts the sentiments of the Hindus. A love story set against the backdrop of 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the film was shot extensively across Triyuginarayan, Kedarnath, Chopta and other locations in the state. A set of Rambara, a stopover on the Kedarnath trek route which got washed away in the 2013 disaster, was created at Triyuginarayan.
When the shooting of the film was going on in Uttarakhand, people were excited about the film. But the promo of Kedarnath, which tells the love story of a Hindu tourist and a Muslim porter, failed to amuse many. They believe it hurts the sentiments of the hill people.