While there has been no official ban on the film by the state government, it has written to all district magistrates (DMs) about the film and the controversies surrounding it.
Swami Darshan Bharti of Garhwal had demanded that the film should be banned.
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.
Kedarnath marks the debut of Sara Ali Khan and also presents the second association of Abhishek Kapoor with Ronnie Screwvala along with Sushant Singh Rajput after Kai Po Che. The decision was taken after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The High Court said Bharti should go to the District Magistrate of Rudraprayag with his complaint.
Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj on Friday said screening of Hindi film Kedarnath has been stopped across the state, a day after the state High Court dismissed a plea seeking to ban the movie. The film is set in the backdrop of the devastating Uttarakhand floods that left several thousand dead in 2013. "The movie is banned everywhere in the state", Maharaj told.
A ban has been imposed on the screening of the film in seven districts of Uttarakhand, namely Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Pauri, Tehri and Almora. "The state shall ensure law and order is maintained". Also, she contended that the movie's name should be changed from Kedarnath to something else as it's not a religious film but a romantic one. He said the theatre received the district administration's notice regarding the ban in the evening and hence the movie was not screened. He asserted it was nothing but "love jihad" and a country-wide conspiracy.