Leena Manimekalai, the filmmaker who faced widespread criticism and police charges for depicting Hindu goddess Kaali in an objectionable manner in her documentary, shared the news of her grandmother’s death on Friday and described how she couldn’t “kiss her goodbye” because of the FIRs filed against her.
In a Facebook post, Manimekalai described her grandma Rajeswari as “a binding force for the family” and an “abode of compassion, love, and patience.” “I don’t know why I’m still living when I can’t even kiss her goodbye.”
“I am stuck in Toronto because I am a “criminal” according to the Indian Government that has booked me in nine FIRs and issued a “look out circular” to arrest me in the airport itself – all for a film poster.”
Manimekalai posted a photo of herself and her grandma before the filmmaker departed for Canada. “I spoke with her for my thesis film, ‘Kaathadi.’ She had agreed to come to my graduation and the screening of my thesis film. However, life proves to be harsh once more. “My grandma Rajeswari, Avva, ceased breathing,” Manimekalai explained.
“Avva informed my amma three days ago that I would win all the cases.” In my last video call with her, she said, “love you, muah.” Maybe I’m still alive to fulfill her dream. Kali is my name. Kali’s mother is my avva. “We can be vanquished but not destroyed,” she added.
The poster and promotional trailer for Leena Manimekalai’s documentary “Kaali” depicted the Hindu deity smoking a cigarette. Leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and various Hindu clerics have severely condemned the documentary’s poster and have demanded that the director be prosecuted.