Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan’s debut film Kedarnath has landed in trouble after Hindu outfits accused the film of hurting religious sentiments.
In Uttarakhand, a state in northern India, the film has been banned in seven districts.
Set against the backdrop of the 2013 deluge, the film depicts the love story of a Muslim porter and a Hindu girl on a pilgrimage to Kedarnath. Hindu outfits claim the film promotes love jihad, the alleged campaigns under which Muslim men target women belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by feigning love.
Earlier this week, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed against the film in the Bombay High Court pleading to stop the release of the movie.
“The storyline is cooked-up, imaginary, and the movie is an untrustworthy story of love between a Hindu Brahmin girl and a Muslim boy connected with the natural disaster of Uttarakhand,” the plea reads. “The filmmakers have, by making such type of movie and releasing the trailer, made attempts to outrage and play with our religious sentiments using the name and abode of Lord Shiva.”
The film released on Friday (6) to mixed reviews, but Khan’s performance has been praised by both critics and viewers.
Recently, Khan opened up about working with Sushant Singh Rajput in the movie and said their kissing scene was the easiest to film.
“As a performer, when you’re doing any scene, it’s your duty to feel what your character feels. So, if I’m being honest with you, the kissing scene was one of the easier scenes for me because it’s a very easy way to show intense love. Because your eyes are shut and you’re kissing somebody, as opposed to everything else. So, I was not nervous. I was quite relieved that that was the way we had to show it rather than something more tricky to do,” Khan told Bollywoodlife in an interview.