Uttarakhand HC quashes 'love jihad' plea, refuses to stay 'Kedarnath' release

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DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday refused to stay the release of forthcoming Bollywood film 'Kedarnath', starring debutante Sara Ali Khan along with Sushant Singh Rajput.

Swami Darshan Bharti of Garhwal had demanded that the film should be banned. The High Court said Bharti should go to the District Magistrate of Rudraprayag with his complaint.
A single bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan was told the film should be banned as it hurt people who were affected by the 2013 flash floods that ravaged Kedarnath besides hurting Hindu sentiments.



The petitioner pleaded that the film promoted "love jihad" -- a word coined by right-wing Hindu groups, to denote marriages between Muslim boys and Hindu girls.

Keeping in view the objections, the state government had formed a committee headed by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj and comprising Home Secretary Nitesh Kumar Jha, Director General of Police Anit Ratoori and Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar.

The committee has been asked to go through all aspects and submit a detailed report to the state government, after which a final decision on the film's release in Uttarakhand would be taken, an official told IANS.
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The film is slated for nationwide release on Friday.


Diwali Fun Continues At K-Jo's; Alia, Sara Ali Shine In Embroidered Outfits
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Bollywood has been in party mood for the past week, thanks to Diwali and Shah Rukh Khan's birthday. While King Khan rang in his 53rd birthday at a posh Mumbai hotel on Friday, over the weekend there was a starry turnout at his tony Bandra residence, 'Mannat', as part of Diwali celebrations. A day later, the Bollywood gang moved to Shilpa Shetty's sea-facing Juhu house where the actress and her husband Raj Kundra hosted a cards party.

Director Karan Johar kept the party fever on and hosted a lavish party at his residence on Diwali. And by his side were his regular buddies, Malaika Arora, Alia Bhatt, and Manish Malhotra. The newcomers this time included Vicky Kaushal and the soon-to-be-launched Sara Ali Khan, and embroidered outfits seemed to be a popular theme for the evening.

Bollywood has been in party mood for the past week, thanks to Diwali and Shah Rukh Khan's birthday. While King Khan rang in his 53rd birthday at a posh Mumbai hotel on Friday, over the weekend ther..
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The 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' director wore an embroidered, black bandhgala by designer Manish Malhotra. In a picture that he shared on Instagram, he was seen twinning with his son Yash.

(Image: Manish Malhotra/Intagram)

The 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' director wore an embroidered, black bandhgala by designer Manish Malhotra. In a picture that he shared on Instagram, he was seen twinning with his son Yash. (Image: Manish Ma..
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Apart from his go-to friends, the Diwali bash also saw a mini reunion of sorts of the 'Student Of The Year' gang - Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt - that was directed by Johar. Both had made their B-town debut with the 2012 film, and had taken time off to attend the big Diwali celebration at their mentor's.

The on-screen couple kept it traditional in Manish Malhotra outfits, with Bhatt opting for a subtle yellow suit, and Dhawan in a kurta pyjama.

(Image: Manish Malhotra/Instagram)

Apart from his go-to friends, the Diwali bash also saw a mini reunion of sorts of the 'Student Of The Year' gang - Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt - that was directed by Johar. Both had made their B-town..
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Designer Manish Malhotra took to his official Instagram account to share glimpses of the big Diwali party hosted by buddy Karan Johar. Malhotra, who worked as the costume designer for Johar's 'Student Of The Year', was seen posing with actors Kartik Aaryan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bhumi Pednekar.

(Image: Manish Malhotra/Instagram)

Designer Manish Malhotra took to his official Instagram account to share glimpses of the big Diwali party hosted by buddy Karan Johar. Malhotra, who worked as the costume designer for Johar's 'Studen..
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Sara Ali Khan, who is all set to make her debut with Abhishek Kapoor's 'Badrinath', made an appearance with actress-mother Amrita Singh by her side. While Khan was spotted in an elegant, white suit, the mother kept it classy with a subtle, pink and golden suit.

(Image: Instagram/Sara Ali Khan)


Sara Ali Khan, who is all set to make her debut with Abhishek Kapoor's 'Badrinath', made an appearance with actress-mother Amrita Singh by her side. While Khan was spotted in an elegant, white suit, ..
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Vicky Kaushal, who earned high praise from the director for his outing in Raju Hirani's 'Sanju', looked dapper in a simple white and silver kurta pyjama. Here the two are seen having a laugh.

(Image: Instagram/Vicky Kaushal)

Vicky Kaushal, who earned high praise from the director for his outing in Raju Hirani's 'Sanju', looked dapper in a simple white and silver kurta pyjama. Here the two are seen having a laugh.(Image:..
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Actresses Malaika Arora and Dia Mirza, along with celebrity Anu Dewan, looked ethereal in ethnic wear at the celebrations. While Malaika wore a stunning, yellow saree, Mirza kept it simple in a pink suit. Dewan wore a subtle, white saree.

(Image: Dia Mirza/Instagram)

Actresses Malaika Arora and Dia Mirza, along with celebrity Anu Dewan, looked ethereal in ethnic wear at the celebrations. While Malaika wore a stunning, yellow saree, Mirza kept it simple in a pink ..
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Karisma Kapoor kept it simple at K-Jo's Diwali celebrations in a pink suit by Anita Dongre.

(Image: Karishma Kapoor/Instagram)

Karisma Kapoor kept it simple at K-Jo's Diwali celebrations in a pink suit by Anita Dongre. (Image: Karishma Kapoor/Instagram)

Actress Kiara Advani also made it to Johar's Diwali party. She was seen twinning in a yellow outfit with her buddy Alia Bhatt.

(Image: Kiara Advani/Instagram)

Actress Kiara Advani also made it to Johar's Diwali party. She was seen twinning in a yellow outfit with her buddy Alia Bhatt. (Image: Kiara Advani/Instagram)


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