BJP al­leges film "Kedar­nath" pro­mot­ing love ji­had, de­mands ban

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DEHRADUN: A se­nior BJP leader on Satur­day de­manded a ban on "Kedar­nath", an up­com­ing film set against the back­drop of a cat­a­strophic del­uge that hit the Hi­malayan shrine in 2013, al­leg­ing that it hurts the sen­ti­ments of Hin­dus and pro­motes love ji­had. Ajen­dra Ajay, who is part of the state BJP's me­dia re­la­tions team, wrote to Cen­tral Board of Film Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Chair­man Pra­soon Joshi that de­spite be­ing set against the back­drop of one of the worst hu­man tragedies, the film di­rected by Ab­hishek Kapoor makes fun of Hindu sen­ti­ments. Tak­ing ex­cep­tion to a kiss­ing scene be­tween lead pair Sushant Singh Ra­jput and Sara Ali Khan fea­tured in the film's teaser and a tagline in its poster read­ing "Love is a Pil­grim­age", the BJP leader al­leged that it was an at­tack on the Hindu re­li­gion as Kedar­nath rep­re­sents the faith of crores of Hin­dus. "By set­ting a ro­man­tic love story against the back­drop of a huge tragedy that oc­curred at Kedar­nath, a cen­tre of faith for crores of Hin­dus, the film­mak­ers have shown great dis­re­spect to the fol­low­ers of the re­li­gion" Ajay told PTI. Ob­ject­ing to the film de­pict­ing the love story of a Mus­lim porter and a Hindu pil­grim, Ajay said couldn't the mak­ers of the film find a Hindu char­ac­ter for the lead.

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