Sara Ali Khan`s Kedarnath to not release in Uttarakhand?

Lula Sharp
December 8, 2018

The Uttarakhand high court on Thursday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on the film Kedarnath, asking the petitioners not to watch the movie if they did not like its premise. Interestingly, this film marks Sara Ali Khan's foray into Bollywood.

Talking about the prospects of the film at the box office before its release, film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi had told Hindustantimes.com, "On the business front, Kedarnath should bring around Rs 5 crore on day one and then it would entirely depend on the merit of the film's content".

He said the holy place holds great importance for all Hindus and the reviews came out as the people found it objectionable. After the controversy, the screening of Kedarnath was banned as a precautionary measure to avoid conflict and disruption in public. He said the theatre received the district administration's notice regarding the ban in the evening and hence the movie was not screened.

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The ban has been imposed by the district magistrates of Uttarakhand in order to protect the law and order of the state. In the meeting, it was decided that the state government would not ban the movie and instead leave the decision to district administrations.

The High Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of petitioner Darshan Bharti, who claimed the movie has hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community.The petitioner said the movie promoted "love jihad", reported IANS. The remaining six districts of the state do not have cinema halls.

Set against the backdrop of the 2013 deluge, the film, which depicts the love story of a Muslim porter and a Hindu girl on a pilgrimage to Kedarnath, releases Friday.

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