Withdraw provocative material: Indian High Commission in Canada on 'Kaali' film poster

Filmmaker defends poster saying she had nothing to lose

Withdraw provocative material: Indian High Commission in Canada on 'Kaali' film poster

Toronto-based filmmaker Leena Manimekalai who film Kaali's poster has sparked a controversy.

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4

Following complaints from the leaders of the Hindu community in Canada about “disrespectful depiction of Hindu gods on the poster of a film showcased as part of a film festival at Aga Khan Museum Toronto, the Indian High commission in Canada on Monday urged the organisers to withdraw all provocative material.

In a statement here the Indian High commission in Canada while referring to complaints in respect of objectionable depiction of Goddess Kali on the poster of a documentary “Kaali” by Toronto based filmmaker Leena Manimekalai said, “Our Consulate General in Toronto has conveyed the concerns to the organisers of the event. We are also informed that several Hindu groups have approached authorities in Canada to take action. We urge the Canadian authorities and the event organisers to withdraw all such provocative material.”

The film is being showcased at “Under the Tent” project at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Responding to criticism, Menamekalai said she had nothing to lose.

“Till the time I live I wish to live with the voice that speaks what I believe without fear. If the price for that is my life it can be given,” Leena wrote in a Twitter post in Tamil.

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