Sara Ali Khan - Sushant Singh Rajput’s Kedarnath BANNED from Uttarakhand

Mumbai: The debut film of Sara Ali Khan, Kedarnath, directed by Abhishek Kapoor and starring Sushant Singh Rajput is in legal trouble.

On the backdrop of the Kedarnath pilgrimage, the film reportedly portrays a Hindu woman played by Sara Ali Khan falling for a Muslim guide essayed by Sushant Rajput whereas the pony walas in Uttarakhand are Nepali Hindus and not Muslims.

Abhishek Kapoor's "Kedarnath" is based on the brutal 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods that claimed many lives and required extensive rescue operations to help the state get back on its feet. NDTV delivers reliable information across all platforms: TV, Internet and Mobile. Kedarnath has been banned from release in Haridwar, Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar district.

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Now, as ordered by District Magistrate Nainital Vinod Kr Suman, the film has been banned in Nainital district. Incidentally, locals are also against the release. Till then, the petitioners have demanded a stay on the release of the film throughout the state. "Kedarnath" has been at the centre of political controversies since the teaser of the movie was released nearly two months back. While tweeting his discontent, he said that protests had begun in Rudraprayag and Kotdwar. Couldn't the director find a single Hindu name or character for the main lead? On Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M.S. Karnik of the Bombay high court heard the petition seeking direction to the CBFC to reassess the film's content and make appropriate cuts wherever necessary.

The petitioners have asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to rewatch and reexamine the film. The plea also stated that shooting a love scene at a place like Kedarnath, which is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, hurts their religious sentiments.

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