July 7, 2022
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Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput starrer movie Kedarnath has elicited a passionate response from the priests of the shrine town. Alleging that the movie propagates love jihad, (a term used to describe reported campaigns under which Muslim men target women belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by feigning love), they have demanded a ban.

Hindustan Times reports that Vinod Shukla, chairman, Kedar Sabha, an organisation of the priests based in Kedarnath, said,“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’.” He also went on to speak about ‘vulgar dance sequence’ choreographed around the shrine.

Ajendra Ajay, a state BJP leader and part of Uttarakhand BJP’s media relations team had earlier tweeted, marking CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi and asking him to impose a ban on the film. He says that the poster “shows the hero, a Muslim carrying the heroine, a Hindu in a palanquin with the Kedarnath shrine as the backdrop.” He added, “Couldn’t the director find a single Hindu name or character for the main lead.”

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