Uttarakhand HC disposed of a petition that sought a ban on the film “Kedarnath”, saying those who didn’t like it needn’t watch it, the film was banned in Uttarakhand, which cited a law-and-order situation.
The movie depicts a Hindu-Muslim love affair in the backdrop of the deadly flash floods of 2013. BJP functionaries said the film “encouraged love jihad” and “hurt Hindu sentiments”.
The Uttarakhand government had formed a four-member committee headed by tourism minister Satpal Maharaj to review the movie. After the committee submitted a report on Thursday, the government said district magistrates should take a call depending on the law-and-order situation in their jurisdiction area on whether to allow screening of the film. Nainital district first announced a ban, which was soon followed by Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Almora and Udham Singh Nagar. The remaining six districts of the state do not have cinema halls.
Satpal Maharaj said, “The film is completely against our beliefs and tradition and has made fun of our emotions. It has all the ingredients to disturb the law-and-order situation in the state. The movie could have been named ‘Qayamat’ or ‘Qahar’”. He claimed that the state government will make a stringent law to ensure such an act is not repeated in future.“ We will come up with a bond to be filled by filmmakers to make a commitment that they will not make a movie which is against sentiments of people,” said the tourism minister.