Kaali poster row: Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai posts fresh tweet amid outrage


Amid a raging row over the “smoking Kaali” movie poster, filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has tweeted a photo that shows two people smoking while dressed in the costumes of Lord Shiva and a Hindu goddess.

A massive row has erupted over the poster of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s Kaali documentary film. (Image credits: Twitter)

Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai is caught in the eye of a storm as outrage grows over the poster of her movie Kaali, which depicts the goddess smoking a cigarette. In the wake of several FIRs being filed against her, she has shot off a fresh tweet in her defence.

On Thursday, Manimekalai tweeted a photo that shows two people smoking while dressed in the costumes of Lord Shiva and a Hindu goddess. She has succinctly captioned the photo “Elsewhere”. The photo has striking similarities to the controversial image on the poster of Kaali.

Following the release of the poster for her documentary film Kaali, Leena Manimekalai has been at the receiving end of immense backlash on social media. Outrage over the poster, which shows Goddess Kaali smoking and wielding an LGBTQ pride flag, soon spilled over, and political parties joined the fray.

Though Manimekalai said the documentary was about a woman strolling in the streets of Canada’s Toronto, several right-wing groups took offence and multiple complaints were lodged against her, which finally led to Canada’s Aga Khan Museum removing the presentation of the documentary.

The original tweet with the movie poster has been taken down by Twitter in response to “a legal demand, a move the filmmaker has termed hilarious. The Toronto-based director is facing separate FIRs in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra got embroiled in the row. Asked about the controversial movie poster during a one-on-one session at the India Today Conclave East, Moitra said she had every right as an individual to imagine Goddess Kaali as a “meat-eating and alcohol-accepting” deity.

Following her statement, an FIR was filed against the TMC MP in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

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