Actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan’s movie Kedarnath hit a snag before its release after it was banned from being screened in the whole of Uttarakhand. Earlier a petition had been filed in the High Court seeking that it be banned as it hurt the sentiments of Hindus. It was however dismissed by the court, and the petitioner was advised to approach a high powered committee headed by the Rudraprayag district magistrate.

The petitioner, who had objected to the film due to a variety of reasons, including its passionate love scenes and alleged promotion of love jihad, said he was disappointed by the high court’s order.

Today, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said that the matter has been forwarded to the Chief Minister to decide, and district magistrates have been asked not to screen the movie in order to maintain law and order.

The decision has now been left to the district magistrates whether or not to allow the screening of the movie depending on the situation in their respective areas.

Those who have watched the movie, have nothing but praise for it. And Sara has been praised the most for her acting debut.

Kedarnath, which is a movie set against the backdrop of the 2013 deluge, was written, directed and co-produced by Abhishek Kapoor. It was produced by Ronnie Screwvala of RSVP Movies and Abhishek Kapoor of Guy in the Sky Pictures, along with Pragya Kapoor and Abhishek Nayyar.

The film is based on an inter-faith love story between a wealthy Hindu girl who takes a pilgrimage to the historic Kedarnath Temple and a humble Muslim boy who becomes her guide. It was released on December 7 and received mixed-positive reviews, with Sara getting most of the praise for her debut performance.