‘Kedarnath’ banned in 7 districts of Uttarakhand
State to draft policy to prevent the shooting of objectionable aspects at a religious site
The screening of the movie ‘Kedarnath’ has been banned by the District Magistrates of seven districts in Uttarakhand due to law and order concerns. While much of the movie set against the backdrop of the 2013 flood in Kedarnath was shot at locations in Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts, it has been banned in the districts of the State where there are cinema halls.
Aspects of the movie including some scenes and reported distortion of facts have elicited objections from various social groups and political parties including the Congress and BJP.
Meanwhile, the State Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj said that the State Government will soon draft a policy under which permission will not be granted for shooting any objectionable scenes at religious sites linked to the faith of the people in the state.
On Thursday evening, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had chaired a meeting of the committee headed by Maharaj which was formed to look into the objectionable scenes in the movie.
The State Government had then left the decision to ban screening of the movie on the District Magistrates. Later, the screening of the movie was banned by the district magistrates of Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri, Haridwar, Nainital, Almora and Udham Singh Nagar due to law and order concerns. Maharaj said that personally he believes that objectionable scenes should not be incorporated in films shot at religious centers. Kedarnath is revered by Hindus so a movie with objectionable aspects will be strongly opposed as it hurts the religious sentiments of the people. According to priority to commercialization in the guise of religious faith, filmmakers create unnecessary controversy by including such aspects which negatively affects social harmony and the law and order situation.
He said that the State Government will draft a policy under which permission will not be granted for shooting objectionable scenes at sites of religious importance.
To regulate shooting at religious centres, the temple committees are also being readied to first make the filmmakers sign a bond assuring that no objectionable scenes at religious sites will be included in the movie, he added. It should be mentioned here that the movie starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan has elicited criticism in Uttarakhand for reported factual distortions with some also accusing it of encouraging love jihad. Read more posts…
Saturday, 08 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun—
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