Ajendra Ajay, a part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s media relations team, has written to the CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi.
BJP leader accuses Kedarnath of promoting ‘love jihad', demands ban
Mumbai - 12 Nov 2018 12:07 IST
Ajendra Ajay, a part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) media relations team, has demanded a ban on actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan’s upcoming movie Kedarnath as, according to him, it hurts the sentiments of Hindus and it allegedly promotes 'love jihad'.
Love jihad is a term used to label alleged campaigns under which Muslim men feign love and target women from other communities to convert them to Islam.
Ajay has put forth his demand to Prasoon Joshi, the chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) through a letter, as reported by the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI).
He is also against the idea of setting a love story amid the natural tragedy of floods in Kedarnath, which took place in 2013. “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,” Ajay said to the agency.
The film sees Rajput playing a Muslim porter who falls in love with a Hindu girl played by Khan. Ajay has asked the makers if they couldn’t find a Hindu character to play the protagonist. He has also taken objection to the kissing scene between both the characters and the film’s tagline, ‘Love is a pilgrimage.’
Ajay has warned of nationwide agitation if their demands are not met.
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Kedarnath will be released on 7 December.