After a few days of Kedarnath teaser release, priests of Uttarakhand’s Chardham have reportedly demanded a blanket ban of the movie citing various reasons. According to them, Kedarnath promotes ‘love jihad’ and hurts Hindu religious sentiments. The chairman of the Kedarnath priests, Vinod Shukla quoted as saying India TV, “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.” The chairman reportedly also claimed that the film has vulgar dance sequences which have been shot around the shrine.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Ajendra Ajay quoted India Today, “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 is a sign of disrespect to the religion.”
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Kedarnath is based on the backdrops of massive Uttarakhand floods that struck the holy town in 2013. The movie is slated to release on December 7.