Director Leena Manimekalai's New Film Kaali Shows Goddess Smoking. Controversy Erupts

Director Leena Manimekalai shared the poster of her upcoming film, Kaali, in which the Goddess can be seen smoking.

By Anoop Sai Bandi, July 04, 2022 16:38 IST

Director Leena Manimekalai is an independent filmmaker, who is known for making bold and controversial films. Recently, she courted controversy after releasing a poster for her documentary. Titled Kaali, the poster shows Goddess Kaali smoking. This did not go down well with people, who claimed that Leena is hurting religious sentiments... Sharing the poster, Leena wrote,

Super thrilled to share the launch of my recent film - today at @AgaKhanMuseum as part of its “Rhythms of Canada”

I made this performance doc as a cohort of @TorontoMet @YorkUFGS

Feeling pumped with my CREW

— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) July 2, 2022 Soon, netizens started trending #ArrestLeenaManimekalai on Twitter.
Reacting to the controversy, Leena Manimkalai wrote on Twitter and wrote, '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' but put the hashtag 'love you Leena Manimekalai'.' A complaint has been registered against Leena for hurting religious sentiments. Reacting to the same, she wrote, ' I don't have anything to lose. Till I live, I would want to raise my voice without fear. If my life is the price for it, then I shall give it as well. ' The actress is currently pursuing a film-related course in Canada.

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