WATCH: Priests demand ban on Sara Ali Khan’s Kedarnath for hurting Hindu sentiments
New Delhi: Few days after the teaser of Kedarnath was released, the film has evoked a sharp reaction from teerth purohits (priests) of the shrine town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand’s Chardham. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan.
Vinod Shukla, chairman, Kedar Sabha, an organisation of the priests based in Kedarnath told Hindustan Times, “We will launch an agitation if the movie is not banned as we have been told that it hurts the Hindu religious sentiments by promoting ‘love jihad’.”
The chairman added that the priests were also protesting against the film as there “vulgar dance sequences” being shot around the shrine. Incidentally, locals are also against the release.
The term ‘love jihad’ denotes alleged campaigns under which Muslim men target the non-Muslim women for conversion to Islam.
Right after a day when the poster and teaser of the movie were released; a group of people at the district headquarters town of Rudraprayag organized a protest against the film.
Here is the “Controversial” teaser of the Film Kedarnath:
“A similar demonstration was also held at Kotdwar,” said Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader.
In a social media post, Ajay has also urged the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, Prasoon Joshi, to ban the film.
— Ajendra Ajay (@AjendraAjay) November 2, 2018
It shows the bold scenes of the lead pair in the background of the flood in which thousands were killed, Ajay said. He also raised objections to the film’s poster that shows a Muslim boy carrying a Hindu girl in a palanquin with the Kedarnath shrine in the background.
“That is factually incorrect because you will never see a Muslim ferrying pilgrim to the shrine,” he said, adding, the tagline of the movie ‘Love is Pilgrimage’ is also offensive.
While Sushant Singh Rajput plays the role of a Muslim Pithoo in the movie, Sara portrays the role of a pilgrim.