Kedarnath – controversy erupted before release, Congress criticises film has inappropriate scenes

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MUMBAI: Sara Ali Khan, who is all set to make her grand debut in Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Kedarnath’, said that she couldn’t have done any of it without her co-star Sushant Singh Rajput.

On being asked to comment on her experience of working with Sushant, Sara said, “I am so glad that you asked me that. I have no idea how I have done this film. I have tried my best but I feel I couldn’t have done any of it without Sushant. He has just been the most helpful person I have had.”

Sara also credited the ‘M.S. Dhoni- The untold Story’ for helping her learn Hindi. “There were days when I was lost and scared as it’s the first time I am facing the camera but he has been hands on. Sushant also helped me improve my Hindi and whatever little I speak, he has taught me. He has helped me a lot,” she added.

The trailer of ‘Kedarnath’ was released earlier in the day and is garnering praise for the lead pair’s crackling chemistry. The film features Sara as Mukku, a tourist-pilgrim, and Sushant as a Muslim ‘Pitu’ named Mansoor.

The two minute and fifty nine-second-long trailer looks powerful as it highlights the love story of a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy and their struggle to deal with communal clashes while also trying to survive the floods that devastated Uttarakhand in 2013.

Meanwhile, the makers of ‘Kedarnath’ finally launched the trailer of the film in an event in Mumbai. Sara Ali Khan, who is making her debut with the flick, was flooded with questions during the trailer launch.

The debutante was asked to choose between her upcoming films ‘Kedarnath’ and ‘Simmba’ as her Bollywood debut to which she responded saying that she can’t choose between one of them.

“Both are such different films and such different experiences, how can you ask me such a question? Dono ne mujhe chuna uske liye mein buhut he grateful ho (I am just grateful that they chose me),” Sara commented.

One of the reporters also asked her on what she has learnt from Kareena Kapoor Khan, to which, the upcoming star said, “Kareena Kapoor Khan is amazing in the way she works and is extremely professional. If there is anything, I would like to learn from her is the professionalism. I would like to imbibe her professionalism in me.”

The trailer of the film dropped just a few hours back and is garnering a lot of appreciation for the cracking chemistry between Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan.

It is set in the backdrop of the flash floods that wrecked the temple town in June 2013. The film features Sara as Mukku, a Hindu tourist-pilgrim, and Sushant as a Muslim ‘Pithu’ named Mansoor, who carries luggage, old and ill people on his back. The biggest highlight of the film is the amazing chemistry between the lead pair. Showcasing the power of love, Sushant and Sara can be seen withstanding the wrath of nature as flash floods wreck havoc in Kedarnath. The film is helmed by Abhishek Kapoor and is slated to release on December 7, 2018.

Congress’s reaction

Pointing out objectionable aspects in ‘Kedarnath’, the Congress said that the film violates the beliefs of people and has inappropriate scenes which should be removed immediately.

‘Kedarnath’, which marks the Bollywood debut of Sara, is set against the backdrop of a catastrophic deluge that hit the Himalayan shrine in 2013.

“Inviting Bollywood stars to shoot here is a great way of tourism, but also the government should put all the norms in front of them and tell them about the do’s and don’t’s. No one has the right to violate our beliefs. Chardham, especially Kedarnath, is the most important and people believe in it,” Garima Dasauni, an AICC member, told ANI.

While objecting a kissing scene between the lead pair in the movie, she said that a warning should be issued to the makers that they could not play with our beliefs.

“We will send a letter to the Prime Minister and the board to find a solution to the problem,” she added.

Earlier, a senior BJP leader on Saturday demanded a ban on the movie, 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 (CBFC) 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 and a tagline in its poster reading ‘Love is a Pilgrimage’, the BJP leader had 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,” Ajendra Ajay had said. (ANI)