Impose a ban on the about to be released film ‘Kedarnath’ which is causing contempt of Hindus’ pilgrim centres and promoting ‘Love jihad’ : Unanimous demand by Hindus
Pune : From the posters, trailer and teaser of the film ‘Kedarnath’ which will be released shortly, it appears that the film is anti-Hindu. An unbelievable discovery that the great floods at Shri Kshetra Kedarnath in 2013 were caused as the so-called love affair of hero-heroine was opposed, as depicted in the film. Similarly, by giving a tagline ‘Love is a pilgrimage’, the objectives of the pilgrimages have been struck down. The most important aspect is the film shot at Hindus’ pilgrim centre depicts a love affair between a Muslim youth, who is working as a horseman and a Hindu woman from a well to do family. This is a sort of promoting ‘Love jihad’, a problem which is causing an uproar in the country. This is highly condemnable and objectionable. Whether the producers would have dared to depict such a similar script involving Muslim girl and a Hindu youth having a love affair at Islamic Holy sites like Mecca-Medina ? This question is raised by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti strongly opposes this film, and Samiti along with all devout Hindu organisation have demanded that the film should not be released, and a ban should be imposed on the film.
The priests and devotees at Shri Kshetra Kedarnath have also demanded that a ban should be imposed on the film as it has hurt the religious sentiments. To garner publicity by creating a controversy and encashing it to earn profits at the box office are seen as selfish and anti-social objectives of the film. Today, an agitation was held at Tilak Chowk (Near Alka Theatre) in Pune against the film ‘Kedarnath’. At that time, a strong protest was lodged by shouting various slogans regarding hurting the religious sentiment of Hindus. Similarly, a memorandum was also submitted by the delegation of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti to the Central Board for Film Certification at their head office in Mumbai for demanding that the film should not be issued certification. (The copy of the memorandum is attached herewith.)
Following demands have been raised during the agitation –
1. The Censor Board should impose a ban on the film before the outbreak of public sentiments.
2. The film should not be granted certification till the controversial scenes are deleted from the film, and the film is exhibited to the delegation of the Hindu organisations or religious authorities of Hindus.
3. The Central Board of Films Certification should draft a code of procedures for preventing the wrong depiction of Hindus’ temples, seats of faith, Scriptures and Deities through the medium of films.
4. The tagline of the film ‘Love is a pilgrimage’ should be changed.
Now, it is witnessed nowadays that a film is produced by creating controversies, hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus and assaulting the traditions of Dharma; garner the publicity and encash it on box office. This has become the most immoral practice of the producers. If the film is granted certification without fulfilling the above demands, the Central Board of Films Certification will be responsible for any public outrage over the film.