Leena Manimekalai ‘Kaali’ poster row
Leena Manimekalai, a documentary filmmaker, posted a poster of her new film on social media. It said that it would be shown at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto as part of the “Rhythms of Canada” series.
A woman dressed as Goddess Kaali is seen smoking a cigarette
A complaint was made against Leena Manimekalai, an Indian documentary filmmaker, because a poster for her new film, Kaali, shows a woman dressed as a Hindu god smoking. Monday, a complaint was sent to the Delhi Police saying that Manimekalai had hurt the feelings of Hindus.
The director, who was born in Madurai and now lives in Toronto, shared the poster on social media. On it, a woman dressed as Goddess Kaali is seen smoking a cigarette. She is also holding the pride flag of the LGBTQ community, which can be seen in the background.
Citizens were angry about the poster
Some citizens were angry about the poster because they thought it was offensive to religious beliefs. They asked that the poster be taken down. Soon after, people on Twitter started using the hashtag #ArrestLeenaManimekalai to call for action against the director.
“Leena Manimekalai is a film director who shows Hindu gods smoking cigarettes. She is Insulting Maa Kaali, “someone wrote.
“I want Leena Manimekalai to be taken into custody. We won’t let people treat our goddess KAALI MAA badly. This time, we all went with the Tamil government. @beingarun28@TheDeepak2022#ArrestLeenaManimekalai, “what someone else said.
“Today, I am speaking out against a movie that is against Hinduism. Will you all be with me?” asked a tweet with the hashtag from someone else.
Manimekalai had put the poster in a tweet
Since then, Manimekalai has shut down comments on her Instagram. The film was part of the ‘Rhythms of Canada’ segment at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, according to a tweet by the filmmaker.
“Super excited to tell you that my new film is being shown for the first time today at @AgaKhanMuseum as part of their “Rhythms of Canada” series. I’m excited to be with my CREW, “Manimekalai had put the poster in a tweet.
Several movies and TV shows have gotten into trouble
Manimekalai is not the first director to have to deal with this kind of anger. Several movies and TV shows have gotten into trouble in the past because people on Twitter said they hurt religious feelings. Some of the most recent ones are ‘Ludo’ by Anurag Basu and ‘Taandav’ by Saif Ali Khan.