Twitter takes down director Leena Manimekalai’s ‘Kaali’ poster tweet

New Delhi: Microblogging site Twitter has removed the controversial July 2 tweet of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai.

Leena had released the poster of the film ‘Kaali’ via a tweet which led to outrage in the country. The poster of her film depicted a woman dressed in a costume portraying the goddess and smoking.

Reacting to Twitter’s action, Leena in a tweet asked whether the social media platform would also withhold posts by “hate mongers”.


“This is hilarous. Will @TwitterIndia withhold the tweets of the 200000 hate mongers?! These lowlife trolls tweeted and spread the very same poster that they find objectionable. Kaali cannot be lynched. Kaali cannot be raped. Kaali cannot be destroyed. She is the goddess of death,” she wrote.

However, it’s not clear when Twitter actually took the tweet down.

The original tweet has been replaced by a message from Twitter.

“This Tweet from @LeenaManimekali has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand,” read the message.

Source : TOI

Canada: Aga Khan Museum tenders apology for hurting religious sentiments of Hindus, stops screening of Hinduphobic film ‘Kaali’

6th July 2022

Aga Khan Museum issued apology over screening of Hinduphobic Kaali

On July 5 (local time), Aga Khan Museum issued a statement and tendered an apology for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindu and other faith communities. The statement was issued in context to the screening of the Hinduphobic film ‘Kaali’ by Kollywood director Leena Manimekalai.

In its statement, the Museum said, “Toronto Metropolitan University brought together works from students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, each student exploring their individual sense of belonging as part of Canadian multiculturalism for the project ‘Under the Tent.’

Toronto Metropolitan University’s project presentation was hosted once at the Aga Khan Museum on July 2, 2022, in the context of the Museum’s mission to foster intercultural understanding and dialogue through the arts. Respect for diverse religious expressions and faith communities forms an integral part of that mission. The presentation is no longer being shown at the Museum.

The Museum deeply regrets that one of the 18 short videos from ‘Under the Tent’ and its accompanying social media post have inadvertently caused offence to members of the Hindu and other faith communities.”

In reply to the query by Wion News, the University said that the film ‘Kaali’ would not be part of the further screening of the ‘Under The Tent’ event. It said, “We recognize the short film has caused sensitivities and have no further plans to screen it at this time.”

Source : OpIndia

Indian High Commission appeals to Canadian authorities to stop screening of Hinduphobic film ‘Kaali’

5th July 2022

On Monday (July 4), the High Commission of India in Ottawa urged the Canadian authorities to withdraw the screening of an objectionable film named after Hindu Goddess Kaali.

In a press release, it stated, “We have received complaints from leaders of the Hindu community in Canada about the disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods on the poster of a film showcased as part of the ‘Under the Tent project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.”

“Our Consulate General in Toronto has conveyed these concerns to the organizers of the event. We are also informed that several Hindu groups have approached authorities in Canada to take action,” the Indian High Commission in Ottawa remark.

The press release concluded, “We urge the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw all such provocative material.”

Source : OpIndia

FIRs filed in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi against Leena Manimekalai for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

5th July 2022

Uttar Pradesh Police has lodged an FIR against director Leena Manimekalai for deliberately hurting religious sentiments by tweeting a poster of her new documentary film ‘Kaali’, where a woman dressed as the Goddess is shown smoking a cigarette.

An FIR was registered on July 4 at Hazratganj Police Station on charges of criminal conspiracy, offence in the place of worship, deliberately hurting religious sentiments and intention to provoke breach of peace against the filmmaker.

The FIR has been lodged under Sections, 120-B, 153-B, 295, 295-A, 298, 504, 505(1)(b), 505(2), 66 and 67 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Delhi Police IFSO unit has filed the FIR under IPC sections 153A and 295A.

Source : DNA

Police complaint filed against Kaali director Leena Manimekalai for ‘highly objectionable’ poster

4th July 2022

Amid massive uproar over the controversial poster of Kaali and demands for arrest, a police complaint has been filed against the documentary film’s director Leena Manimekalai. She has been accused of hurting religious sentiments with the “highly objectionable” post.

A lawyer from Delhi registered a complaint against Leena over the controversial poster that was shared by her on July 2. As per reports, he has demanded a ban on the objectionable photo and the clip from the documentary. He has said that the poster, which shows a woman dressed as Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette, is hurting the sentiments and beliefs of the Hindu community.

The complaint filed with the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police reportedly read, “This deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of Hindu Community through highly objectionable video and photo from her twitter account by the accused which is well circulated in social media and all public platforms is an offence under section 295A ,298, 505, 67 I.T Act and 34 IPC and therefore penal action should be taken against the accused.”

Meanwhile, on Monday morning, Leena took to her Twitter handle to react to the backlash and demands to arrest her. In a tweet, she said that her film revolves around Goddess Kali’s experience when she appears and takes a stroll on the streets of Toronto.

Amid the backlash, Leena told BBC Tamil, “I have nothing to lose. I want to be with a voice that speaks without fear of anything until it is. If the price is my life, I will give it.”

Source : Times Now

Leena Manimekalai’s movie poster showing Goddess Kali smoking hurts religious sentiments of Hindus

3rd July 2022

On July 2, 2022, filmmaker and controversial poetess Leena Manimekalai shared that her documentary Kaali was going to be launched at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. The event is funded by CERC (Canada Excellence Research Chairs), Canadian government funded agency. The movie poster shows Goddess Kali smoking what appears to be a cigarette, while carrying a LGBTQ  ‘pride’ flag in her hand, along with her weapons. Leena tweeted that ‘the film revolves around the events that take place one evening when Kali appears and strolls the streets of Toronto’. The poster has created consternation among Hindus worldwide for its crass portrayal of the Divine mother Goddess Kali. Social media is rife with tweets and posts demanding the arrest of Leena. #ArrestLeenaManimekalai

Filmmaker Leena shared the poster of her documentary movie, ‘Kaali on Twitter on June 2, 2022. Sharing the information with this poster, she said that she is very excited because her documentary ‘Kaali’ was launched at the Canada Film Festival (Rhythms of Canada).

Seeing the poster of this documentary, a user wrote, ‘Every day the sentiments of Hindus are hurt. They test our patience. Many users also demanded action on this poster and film, tagging Amit Shah and the Prime Minister.

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