Days after the teaser of Kedarnath, an upcoming film starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan was released, the film has evoked a sharp reaction from priests of the shrine town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand’s Chardham. They have demanded that a blanket ban is imposed on the movie stating that it hurts the Hindu religious sentiments.
“ We will launch an agitation if the movie is not banned as we have been told that it hurts the Hindu religious sentiments by promoting ‘ love jihad’ ” said Vinod Shukla, chairman, Kedar Sabha, an organization of the priests based in Kedarnath
The term ‘ love jihad’ denotes alleged campaigns under which Muslim men target the non-Muslim women for conversion to Islam.
Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader said that “ The movie appears to be an effort to promote love jihad. Couldn’t the director find a single Hindu name or character for the main lead? Also, kissing and romantic scenes in a holy place worshipped by crores of people are a disrespect to the religion.”
Kedarnath, the soon-to-be-released movie in which Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara is making her film debut, was extensively shot in the shrine town two years ago. The calamitous floods that struck the town in 2013, forms the film’s background. Sushant plays the male lead in it, which has been directed by Abhishek Kapoor.