A case has been filed in a local court at Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh against the Bollywood film Kedarnath, which is set against the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand flash floods. In his petition filed before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM-II) Dhananjay Mishra on Monday, the petitioner Siddhartha Singh, has named the main lead Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan and director Abhishek Kapoor.
The film, which depicts the love story of a Muslim porter and a Hindu girl on a pilgrimage to Kedarnath, sees the debut of Sara, daughter of actress Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan. The petitioner, also a lawyer, has been represented by two lawyers Ravindra Vikram Singh and Himanshu Srivastava in the case who have pleaded before the court that a love story has been shown in the film at the time of the natural calamity of 2013 which killed thousands.
The petitioner has objected to the film, his lawyers said, due to its passionate love scenes and alleged promotion of love jihad, obscene dance sequences in the backdrop of a major disaster, scars of which are still afresh in the minds of the victims and their families. The court has fixed January 17 as the next date of hearing.
On December 6, the Uttarakhand high court had dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on the movie on the grounds that it hurts Hindu sentiments. Dismissing the petition, a division bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Ramesh Khulbe said a similar controversy surrounding the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat had made the film a super hit.