Uttarakhand tourism minister announces ban on screening of ‘Kedarnath’ in 7 districts of the state

A day after the state High Court dismissed a plea seeking to ban the Hindi film ‘Kedarnath‘, the Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj on Friday imposed restrictions on screening of the film in seven districts across the state.

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

Those seeking a ban on the film accused it of hurting Hindu sentiments and alleged that it was promoting love jihad. Based on the promo of the film, many groups, including the right wing, launched an agitation demanding a ban on the movie.

A committee under the headship of Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj was constituted. Home Secretary Nitesh Jha, Information Secretary Dilip Jawalkar and DGP Anil Raturi are members of the committee.

Ironically, Kedarnath is based in Uttarakhand and has now been banned in the same state. The movie follows the story of Mansoor Khan (Sushant Singh Rajput), a pithu in Kedarnath, who falls in love with Mandakini Mishra (Sara Ali Khan). The love story of the star-crossed lovers is based against the backdrop of 2013 Kedarnath flood.

Also read: Kedarnath Movie Review: Just another love story, yet another watered down copy

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