Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai Faces Flak For Film Poster Showing Goddess Kaali Smoking, Tweeple Demand Action
The religious sentiments in India are pretty fragile considering the diversity in our country. While we all understand creative liberty, people are not very accepting of it if it depicts a religion, god or religious identity in a negative light in whatsoever manner. Having said that, I must also point out that we’re not known for our tolerance. Recently, an Indian filmmaker, Leena Manimekalai was attacked by tweeple for the poster of one of her films for hurting Hindu sentiments. The film poster shows Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette with a pride flag hanging in the background.
The poster shared by Leena Manimekalai is of a film directed by her that was launched in Toronto’s Aga Museum on July 2 as a part of the Rhythms of Canada, which is a week-long festival that celebrates the diverse tapestry of Canadian culture. The film titled Kaali is a performance documentary that was made with support from Tamil Arts Collective, Queer Summer Institute and School of Arts, Media Performance and Design, York University, Toronto. Check out the poster of the film.
Feeling pumped with my CREW❤️ pic.twitter.com/L8LDDnctC9
— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) July 2, 2022
This poster took Twitter by storm soon after it was posted after several users accused the filmmaker of hurting religious sentiments for depicting the Goddess in a negative light and demanded the poster be withdrawn. Several users also demanded strict action against Leena Manimekalai and the hashtag ‘Arrest Leena Manimekalai’ started trending on the microblogging platform. Take a look at the Twitter reactions.
WE NEED ANSWERS FROM TWITTER, UNITED NATION, INDIAN GOVT, SHE SHOULD BE ARRESTED.
We need answers this time, stop hiding the truth. @UNHumanRights @UN @Twitter @PMOIndia @palkisu @AmitShah @JaipurDialogues @myogiadityanath https://t.co/Hc8wz8rio6
— Bharat Mehta (@BharatM68313314) July 4, 2022
This abominable depiction of Devi Kali is completely unacceptable.
We Kshatriyas are devout devi worshippers and followers of Shakt tradition. Such brazen attempts intended to hurt the religious sentiments shouldn't go unanswered. @DrSJaishankar https://t.co/tyFMr9KPQo
— History Of Rajputana (@KshatriyaItihas) July 4, 2022
— Sanatan Pavan (श्री रामभक्त) (@_JaiSriRam2U) July 4, 2022
The mother goddess whom we worship🙏🏻 is being ridiculed like this. Shame on you 😡
Please report it by visiting this post and #boycott this https://t.co/VgwFztxP4H#ArrestLeenaManimekalai pic.twitter.com/FS9fVjVwog
— Suraj Mishra (@Suraj_K_Mishra) July 4, 2022
You'll understand your mistake when you face the wr@th of Maa Kaali. The cu₹se from her devotees will d00m you soon for demeaning their faith& hurting people. It's not only illegimate, but sinful too. Hope karma finds your filthy mind, @LeenaManimekali #ArrestLeenaManimekali https://t.co/UKoF5mDraG
— VJ |🇮🇳 (@Mystic_VJ) July 4, 2022
Complaint filed by @vineetJindal19 with @DCP_CCC_Delhi against #LeenaManimekali for her derogatory clip and photo of Maa #Kaali from her Film. @LeenaManimekali you will face the consequences for doing this illegal act of hurting hindu religious sentiments. #ArrestLeenaManimekali https://t.co/jysu4O1s5Y
— Adv.Vineet Jindal (@vineetJindal19) July 4, 2022
Insulting Hindu Godess is Rhythms of Canada ?AghaKhan Museum and all activities under it in India be banned immidiately ! Indian High Commissioner cant even lodge a protest in Canada ?@DrSJaishankar ? @M_Lekhi @PMOIndia @VHPDigital @BJPindia__ @RSSorg @republic @TimesNow https://t.co/cwCwcXDvfB
— ProfKapilKumar,Determined Nationalist (@ProfKapilKumar) July 3, 2022
Why are Hindu gods, goddesses and articles of faith mocked, ridiculed, demeaned at the altar of 'liberal creativity'? Must Hindus be punished for their tolerance? Aren't Hindus being forced to adopt a more hardline posture? https://t.co/B5wS8J7xJu
— Sreemoy Talukdar (@sreemoytalukdar) July 3, 2022
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Responding to the negative reactions to her film poster, Leena Manimekalai shared that she has acted, directed and produced the performance documentary Kaali. She went on to reveal that the film revolves around the events of one evening when Goddess Kaali appears and strolls the streets of Toronto and talks about choosing love over hate amidst the racial differences. She also urged people to post the hashtag ‘I love you Leena Manimekalai’ instead of ‘Arrest Leena Manimekalai’ when they come across the poster.