The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to stay the release of forthcoming Bollywood film "Kedarnath", starring debutante Sara Ali Khan along with Sushant Singh Rajput. Swami Darshan Bharti of Garhwal had demanded that the film should be banned. The High Court said Bharti should go to the District Magistrate of Rudraprayag with his complaint.
A single bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was told the film should be banned as it hurt people who were affected by the 2013 flash floods that ravaged Kedarnath besides hurting Hindu sentiments.
The petitioner pleaded that the film promoted "love jihad" -- a word coined by right-wing Hindu groups, to denote marriages between Muslim boys and Hindu girls. Keeping in view the objections, the state government had formed a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj and comprising Home Secretary Nitesh Kumar Jha, Director General of Police Anit Ratoori and Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar.
The committee has been asked to go through all aspects and submit a detailed report to the state government, after which a final decision on the film's release in Uttarakhand would be taken, an official told IANS. The film is slated for nationwide release on Friday.
As per our early estimates, Kedarnath is expected to earns around Rs 7-8 crore at the box office.
(With IANS Inputs)