‘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.

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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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