Sara Ali Khan, the daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, recently trended extensively after the teaser video of her debut film Kedarnath was released. The film, also starring Sushant Singh Rajput, focuses on the nature’s fury of 2013, when devastating floods swept the Holy town in Uttarakhand.
Sara had come under attack from some quarters for shooting steamy scenes with Sushant. But now, a group of Hindu priests of Kedarnath and local BJP leaders have threatened mass protests if the film was not banned. They alleged that the film by Abhishek Kapoor promoted ‘love jihad.’
“We will launch an agitation if the movie is not banned as we have been told that it hurts the Hindu religious sentiments by promoting ‘love jihad’,” Vinod Shukla, chairman, Kedar Sabha, an organisaiton of the priests based in Kedarnath was quoted by Hindustan Times.
In the film, Sara is a playing the role of a Hindu devotee, while Sushant, the local helper, is believed to be Muslim. ‘Love Jihad’ is a term, coined by Hindutva brigade in India to allege that Muslim men are running a campaign to target Hindu girls in a bid to convert them. Only recently, NIA, a central government agency, had told the Supreme Court that ‘love jihad’ was an imaginary phenomenon. It said after carrying out a detailed investigation in Kerala.
Meanwhile, a local BJP leader in Uttarakhand, Ajendra Ajay, tweeted demanding an immediate intervention of the Censor Board to ban the film. He said that the film had insulted the Hindu faith and those killed in the 2013 floods.
In the teaser video, now watched by more than 15 million viewers on YouTube, Sara is seen intensely lip-locked with Sushant, her helper, while in several other scenes, the lead male protagonist is seen rescuing her from the devastating floods.
Sara had taken to Instagram to write, “to Instagram to express her feelings on the teaser release. She wrote, “Feeling blessed and excited…much like in this photo ????Kedarnath Teaser out now!”
Sara’s mother Amrita Singh had told an entertainment website, “Just pray for my kid. I think she is very beautiful. I have seen the teaser.” She had added, “I have just told her to work hard, give your best shot, work with your head down and stay grounded.”
Kedarnath is set to release on 7 December.