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. Kedarnath is the debut film of Sara Ali Khan.
Following this, all the DM's have banned the film's release in their districts.
Consequently, the state government set up a four-member committee comprising Tourism Minister Maharaj, home secretary, information secretary and DGP to examine the objections against the film.
The decision has been taken by district magistrates concerned in view of the situation prevailing in their areas, ADG (law and order) Ashok Kumar said on Friday. Nainital district first announced a ban, which was soon followed by Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Almora and Udham Singh Nagar. BJP functionaries said the film "encouraged love jihad" and "hurt Hindu sentiments". "The movie is banned everywhere in state".
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In Kedarnath, Tarun plays a role of a pithu leader (people who carry pilgrims on their back), who fulfils the demands of pithus.
While there has been no official ban on the film by the state government, it has written to all district magistrates (DMs) about the film and the controversies surrounding it. Gujarat High Court called the petition a publicity stunt and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the petitioner Prakash Rajput, president of International Hindu Sena. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film hit the screens on December 7.
After the release of Kedarnath, the movie has got itself in a lot of trouble as the film is about a love story of a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy.
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