In a huge setback to the filmmakers of Kedarnath, Uttarakhand government has banned the Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer from being screened anywhere in the state. Addressing the media, tourism minister Satpal Maharaj said that while art should find expression without any barriers, however the state government needs to ensure that this "art" is not disrupting the law and order situation in the state. Satpal further added that when the filmmakers come to ask for permission, they do not come with the script.
"They claim they want to just show the destruction that happened, they don't tell us about their hidden agenda."
Satpal further added that Kedarnath, which is one of the "highest pilgrimage for Hindus" will be protected no matter what. "Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi prays to Kedarnath. We will not allow anyone to hurt these sentiments."
The minister further added that the filmmakers will have to pay fine if the images or visuals shown in the film about Kedarnath are distorted or falsified. The committee is headed by tourism minister Satpal Maharaj and has home secretary Nitish Jha, information secretary Dilip Jawalkar and DGP Anil Raturi as its members.
Satpal Maharaj,Uttarakhand Tourism Minister:Our committee has forwarded our advice to CM&decided that law&order should be reviewed.We asked District Magistrates to maintain peace&everyone has decided that #Kedarnath movie should be banned. The movie is banned everywhere in state. pic.twitter.com/f9yWjKVd5l — ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2018
As per a tweet by News18, the government has stated that the film has been banned to maintain law and order in the state.
#NewsAlert – A big setback for the makers of #Kedarnath. Uttarakhand government bans the film ‘Kedarnath’ in the state. "The movie not according to our culture and it has been banned to maintain law and order", says Uttarakhand government. | Details by @mihirz and @pranshumisraa pic.twitter.com/KZ5RprXzW5 — News18 (@CNNnews18) December 7, 2018
Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court refused to stay the release of forthcoming film on the same day as Bombay High Court dismissed a PIL filed against Kedarnath for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
Set against the backdrop of 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the Abhishek Kapoor directorial shows an upper-class Hindu girl falling in love with a Muslim pitthu (tour guide).
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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2018 13:43 PM