The district magistrates of Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar on Thursday imposed a ban on the screening of the upcoming movie 'Kedarnath', apprehending disruption of law and order. However, the state government decided not to declare an official ban on the film. The DMs took the decision saying the protesters might disrupt peace if the movie was screened in the theaters.
The Uttarakhand High Court refused to interfere in the matter rejecting a PIL seeking a ban on the film. Meanwhile, the state government held a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat late in the evening after submission of a report by the committee headed by Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj to examine the objections to the film and decided not to declare an official ban on it.
However, it left the decision to the district magistrates whether or not to allow the screening of the movie depending on the situation in their respective areas. Information Secretary Dilip Jawalkar, DGP Anil Raturi, ADG B Vinay Kumar,ADG Ashok Kumar, and Additional Secretary Ashish Joshi attended the meeting.
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', released on December 7. 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. Sushant plays a Muslim pithoo in the film who falls in love with a Hindu girl, played by Sara Ali Khan. It is this angle that has led to a lot of furore ever since the film's teaser released.
Meanwhile, the film itself has opened to good reviews so far, with people especially appreciating Sara Ali Khan's performance in her debut film. The whole love story angle and the fresh chemistry between the leads have become one of the major highlights of 'Kedarnath'. Moreover, critics have also commended the scenes depicting the floods, as it managed to capture everyone' imagination.
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