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‘Kedarnath’ Love Jihad Row: Bombay HC dismisses PIL seeking ban on film

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Mumbai, Dec 6: Big relief to the makers and actors of the film ‘Kedarnath’ as the Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the PIL filed against the film for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

With just one day away from the release, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer Kedarnath had landed into a controversy as a certain set of people has raised issues with the plot of the film.

Few groups demanded the ban of the film saying how the concept of Kedarnath promotes the concept of ‘Love Jihad’ by showing a relationship between a Hindu pilgrim and Muslim porter.

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The petitioner had also demanded that the movie should not be released till CBFC clears it again. Another petition was filed in the Uttarakhand High Court against the movie, accusing it of hurting sentiments of Hindus.

When Sara was asked about this in an interview with a leading daily, she expressed surprise. “It’s really not that kind of a film, rather it’s about how Kedarnath is as much Mansoor’s world as it’s Mukku’s. I don’t understand this kind of divisiveness, but then I don’t understand racism or sexism, which is rampant across the world, either,” she said.

“At the same time, I believe that while my life’s experiences and education have shaped my thought process, the lack of it could have influenced others to think differently. And just as everyone doesn’t have to like every movie, we can coexist with different world views,” Sara added.

Earlier this month, senior BJP leader Ajendra Ajay demanded a ban on Kedarnath, claiming that it hurts the sentiments of Hindus. He not only objected to the Hindu-Muslim angle but also setting the “love story against the backdrop of a huge tragedy that occurred at Kedarnath, a centre of faith for crores of Hindus”.

The film is a love story set in the backdrop of the flash floods that wrecked the temple town in June of 2013. It showcases the beautiful love story of Mansoor and Mukku who struggle to survive the wrath of nature.

The movie is all set to hit the screens on December 7, 2018. The film marks the debut of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show for comments on Pulwama attack

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Navjot Singh Sidhu met with harsh criticism after he spoke about the Pulwama terror attack.

New Delhi, Feb 16: Cricketer turned Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sacked from the ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ following his controversial comments on the Pulwama terror attack.

“The channel has already started with the process of removing Navjot and will replace him with Arachana Puran singh, news agency ANI quoted the sources as saying.

Reacting on the Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 CRPF personnel killed, Sidhu on Friday had stated “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished,”.

The former cricketer’s comments were met with harsh criticism and since then social media has been flooded with posts demanding his exit from The Kapil Sharma Show.

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This is not the first time Sidhu has landed himself in soup for his soft stand on our neighbouring country.

Sidhu had triggered a controversy last year when he attended Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s swearing-in-ceremony. He was much criticised for hugging Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa as well.

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Pakistan’s complicity in business of terrorism must end: Hansal Mehta

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Mumbai, Feb 16: Disturbed after the deadly Pulwama attack, filmmaker Hansal Mehta says Pakistan’s complicity in the business of terrorism should come to an end.

Hansal on Saturday took to Twitter to share his views. He also shared details about his 2017 film “Omerta” starring Rajkummar Rao. It is based on British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh’s life.

“While ‘Omerta’ was based on Omar Saeed Sheikh, it was also about the patronage provided to men like Masood Azhar, Omar Sheikh, Hafiz Saeed by the state of Pakistan. Pakistan’s complicity in the business of terrorism must be ended, with brute force if needed,” he posted.

In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his vehicle packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 troopers on the spot.

After the strike, India rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the strike, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The attack has left the security establishment stunned as it created the biggest casualty of security personnel in a single day in peace time.

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Big B to give Rs 5 lakh to each slain CRPF trooper’s family

The actor is currently finding out “from several government sources where and how the amount will be distributed to ensure it is expedited”.

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Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be donating Rs 5 lakh each to the families of 49 CRPF troppers who died in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his vehicle packed with explosives into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 troopers on the spot. The toll rose to 49 on Friday as several injured succumbed.

The actor is currently finding out “from several government sources where and how the amount will be distributed to ensure it is expedited”.

His spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: “Yes, Mr Bachchan will be giving Rs 5 lakh to each of the martyr’s families and is currently finding out the correct process to do so.”

The “Piku” actor on Friday also cancelled his attendance as a special guest of Virat Kohli’s Foundation event, which will now be held on Saturday.

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