Recently, the trailer of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s film ‘Brahmastra’ was released in which the actor is shown wearing shoes inside the temple. After watching this scene, people started trolling the makers and also accused them of hurting religious sentiments and now another similar case has come to the fore.
Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai recently came under fire for the poster of her upcoming documentary film Kaali. She was accused of “deliberately hurting the Hindu sentiments” after the poster went viral on social media and drew severe backlash. People are constantly trolling the makers on Twitter. Maa Kali in this poster (Maa Kaali) is shown smoking a cigarette.
For those unversed, the controversial poster showed a woman, dressed as Goddess Kali, smoking a cigarette. It also featured the pride flag aka the rainbow flag of the LGBT community. This left several netizens fuming and they lambasted Leena for “insulting” the Hindi Goddess. Demanding strict action against her, tweeple also trended the hashtag – #ArrestLeenaManimekalai.
ஒரு மாலைப்பொழுது, டோரோண்டோ மாநகரத்தில காளி தோன்றி வீதிகளில் உலா வரும்போது நடக்கிற சம்பவங்கள் தான் படம். படத்தைப்பார்த்தா “arrest leena manimekalai” hashtag போடாம “love you leena manimekalai” hashtag போடுவாங்க.✊🏽 https://t.co/W6GNp3TG6m— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) July 4, 2022
On Monday morning, she took to social media to address the controversy. Reacting to a news report, she tweeted in Tamil, “The film revolves around the events that take place one evening when Kali appears and strolls the streets of Toronto. If you see the picture, don’t put the hashtag ‘arrest Leena manimekalai’ and put the hashtag ‘love you Leena manimekalai.'”
Super thrilled to share the launch of my recent film – today at @AgaKhanMuseum as part of its “Rhythms of Canada”— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) July 2, 2022
I made this performance doc as a cohort of https://t.co/D5ywx1Y7Wu@YorkuAMPD @TorontoMet @YorkUFGS
Feeling pumped with my CREW❤️ pic.twitter.com/L8LDDnctC9
Indian director Leena Manimekalai’s documentary’s poster has drawn criticism for offending Hindu sensibilities by its representation of the Goddess Kali. On social media, Leena just posted her next documentary’s trailer. It made its debut at the Aga Khan Museum as a part of Rhythms of Canada.
After the dispute gained momentum, Leena issued a call for people to choose “love over hate” in response to the criticism she was receiving. Some of Canada’s top cinema students were asked by Toronto Metropolitan University to participate in a camp where they created films exploring the country’s rich cultural diversity. I contributed to the film “Kali” and took part in that camp. She said, “I played the lead, produced, and directed it.
Who is Leena Manimekalai?
Leena Manimekalai, poet, actress, and director, also produced a dozen films in various genres, including documentary, fiction, and experimental poem films, in addition to five published poetry anthologies. She has received recognition in several international and national film festivals through participation, mentions, and best picture prizes. In her second poetry collection, Ulagin Azhagiya Muthal Penn, Leena came out as bisexual (The Most Beautiful First Woman in the World).