Leena manimekalai kaali: Arrest Leena Manimekalai has been trending all over social media after the release of the poster of her new film ‘Kaali’. The poster infuriated social media users and Leena Manimekalai is accused of hurting religious sentiments as the poster of the film showcases the Hindu deity Kaali smoking which has annoyed the audience.
Kaali is a deity worshipped by the followers of Hindu religion. Time and again, many movies and web series’ like Tandav, and Bulbull had received flak for hurting religious sentiments and Kaali is now added to the list.
One of the Twitter reactions read– “This is deliberately hurting the sentiments of Hindu devotees. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean— that one can cross the line and show anything in the garb of creativity. How can this be allowed to even release on digital platforms? Kindly take a note.”
Another one said, "Shameful, after all, they do not get any subject to show their creativity, and even if they get it hurting Hindu sentiments, there are other religions in the country too, do such artists have to be separated from their heads? Feel scared #ArrestLeenaManimekalai #ArrestTasleemRahmani."
'Gau Mahasabha' head Ajay Gautam even filed a complaint with the Delhi Police and the Home Ministry calling for an FIR against the filmmaker and a ban on the film.
“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’ and put the hashtag ‘love you Leena manimekalai'” - Leena Manimekalai
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Leena Manimekalai's response
Leena Manimekalai, born in Tamil Nadu's Madurai and based in Toronto, reacted to the controversy with a tweet that read, "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"
She also urged netizens to use the hashtag “love you Leena manimekalai” instead of “#arrest Leena manimekalai” “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’ and put the hashtag ‘love you Leena manimekalai'” read the filmmaker’s tweet on 4th July.
More about Leena Manimekalai
She is a filmmaker, actor, and poet. She has written five poetry books and has created many films and makes documentaries as well. Her work has been recognized in the form of national and international awards.