Kedarnath, the movie, is a love story set against the backdrop of 2013 flash floods, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and actress Sara Ali Khan, has been facing many obstacles since its commencement. Initially, the makers of the movie were in a legal conflict with each other. The director Abhishek Kapoor and the producers of KriArj Entertainment had a dispute which led to a lawsuit that threatened the completion of production. The producers later clarified their intent to continue production. The debut film of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan had released its teaser on October 30th, 2018 which faced a lot of disapproval from the priests of Kedarnath.
Recently, there were rumors spread about harassment of the lead actress Sara Ali Khan by Sushant Singh on the sets of the film. These rumors were strictly denied by the actress herself. After a long wait, the movie is set to release by March 2019. But the recent protests that have arisen from various groups are a hindrance to the release of the film.
The present protests against the film are due to the sequences shown in the teaser and poster. The teerth purohits expressed their objection towards the film saying it hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus. Ajayendra Ajay, state BJP leader of Uttarakhand, has alleged that the movie is promoting love Jihad through its storyline.
On one side, Kedarnath Dam appears to be devastated in the teaser, while on the other side the hero and heroine seem to be doing a bold scene. In the teaser, the statue of Lord Bholenath, the hour-clock etc., is being shown on the screen. During this time, there is a glimpse of the hero of the film.
According to a report of Hindustan Times, Vinod Shukla, chairman of Kedar Sabha, an organization of priests in Kedarnath, said, “If the film is not banned then we will initiate the agitation because we have been told that this love promotes jihad and religious emotions get hurt. “
With such protests and agitation against the movie, there are doubts if it could release on the decided date. There are demands that a ban is imposed on the movie.