Kaali Poster Controversy: Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai, who has come under fire for showing Devi smoking and holding an LGBTQ flag on the poster of the documentary “Kaali”, on Monday said she should raise her voice fearlessly while she is alive. Will continue
Amidst all this, now an FIR has been lodged against Leena Manimekalai at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The police have accused filmmaker Leena Manimekalai of criminal conspiracy, crime at the place of worship, intentionally hurting religious sentiments, with intent to disturb the peace.
The poster of ‘Kaali’ has created a storm on social media and the controversy is trending with the hashtag ‘Arrest Leena Manimekalai’. Those opposing it on social media allege that the filmmakers are hurting religious sentiments. Meanwhile, a member of an organization called ‘Gau Mahasabha’ has said that he has complained to the Delhi Police.
In response to the verbal attacks, the Toronto-based film director has retorted, saying that he is ready to give his life (for this). In response to an article on the controversy, Manimekalai wrote in Tamil language in a Twitter post, “I have nothing to lose. As long as I am alive, I want to live as a fearless voice. If it costs my life, then it can also be given.
The Madurai-born filmmaker shared the poster of ‘Kaali’ on the microblogging site on Saturday and said that the film is part of the ‘Rhythms of Canada’ section at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
Manimekalai also urged people to watch the film to understand the context of the poster. In response to another article, he said, “The film is about the events of one evening during Kali’s walk on the streets of downtown Toronto. If they watch the film, they will use the hashtag ‘Love you Leena Manimekalai’ instead of ‘Arrest Leena Manimekalai’.
Ajay Gautam, a member of ‘Gau Mahasabha’, sent a copy of his police complaint against the filmmaker to journalists for allegedly presenting Devi in a “derogatory and objectionable manner”. He says this has “hurt the religious sentiments of lakhs of devotees including the complainant”.
Entertainment News Live: A senior police officer of the cyber cell said that they have not received the complaint yet. Many Twitter users have strongly criticized Manimekalai.