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‘Kedarnath’ director urges Uttarakhand government to lift ‘ban’

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“Kedarnath” director Abhishek Kapoor has urged the Uttarakhand government to lift a ban on the movie.

“I plead with the Uttarakhand government to please lift the ban on my film ‘Kedarnath’. It is an attempt to bring peace, harmony and healing to the people of this country. Please don’t deprive us of this opportunity,” Kapoor tweeted.
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While there has been no official ban on the film by the state government, it wrote to all district magistrates about the film and the controversies surrounding it.

The decision followed a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat that reviewed a report submitted by a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj.

The government asked the district administration to take a call on their own and left it to their discretion whether or not the film should be released in their respective jurisdictions.

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Following which Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Almora and Udhamsinghnagar banned the film.

The Hindi film, with the 2013 flash floods in Kedarnath as the backdrop, was being opposed by the right-wing activists from the day its shooting began in the hill state and they alleged that it hurt Hindu sentiments and promoted the idea of “Love Jehad”.

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The film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and debutante Sara Ali Khan, was shot extensively in Triyuginarayan, Gaurikund, Soneprayag, Rambada, Kedarnath and Chopta, and it had to face protests even then.

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to ban the film and asked the petitioners to approach the District Magistrate with their complaints.

On its opening day, the movie garnered Rs 7.25 crore in India.

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Ayushmann Khurrana and wife Tahira Kashyap pose in same sweatshirt: We believe in gender fluidity.

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Tahira Kashyap shared a collage of his and Ayushmann Khurrana’s photos wearing the same sweatshirt. She wrote that they believe in gender fluidity.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Tahira Kashyap wore the same printed jacket.

Ayushmann Khurrana is known to break stereotypes with his films, but this time he has decided to set an example in real life. Promoting gender fluidity, the actor shared a collage of his and Tahira Kashyap’s pictures wearing the same sweatshirt on Instagram.

Ayushmann can be seen donning the printed jacket with a black T-shirt, a pair of black trousers and black shoes. Tahira, on the other hand, is seen in a close up shot flaunting the jacket.

Tahira took to her Instagram story to share the collage. She wrote, “We believe in gender fluidity,” followed by a heart emoji. Ayushmann shared her story and wrote, “Umm.”

With his every film, Ayushmann Khurrana tries to draw attention towards social issues. In Dreamgirl, he wore sarees and talked in a woman’s voice, trying to give the message that gender roles should be abolished. In Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, he played a homosexual man. With Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15, he talked about caste-based discrimination.

Ayushmann Khurrana is an ardent supporter of gender-neutral power dressing.

Coming back to the couple, Ayushmann and Tahira are college buddies who tied the knot in November 2008. They have two children, son Virajveer (8) and daughter Varushka (6).

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