Kaali Poster Row: Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai Says Hindutva Can Never Become India

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Filmmaker
Leena
Manimekalai
recently
faced
intense
backlash
over
the
poster
of
her
movie

Kaali
,
which
depicted
the
goddess
smoking
a
cigarette.
Leena
has
now
hit
out
at
her
detractors
by
saying
that
“Hindutva
can
never
become
India”.

Manimekalai
took
to
her
Twitter
account
earlier
in
the
day
and
tweeted
a
photo
of
two
people
smoking
while
dressed
in
the
costumes
of
Lord
Shiva
and
a
Hindu
goddess.
It
must
be
noted
that
the
photo
bears
striking
similarities
to
her
controversial
poster.

Kaali
Poster
Row:
Leena
Manimekalai
का
नया
provocative
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viral,
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Modi
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पुराना
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As
the
post
further
fuelled
a
further
backlash
against
her,
Leena
took
to
her
social
media
account
again
and
clarified
that
the
image
was
not
a
scene
from
her
documentary
film,
but
a
snapshot
of
real
life
in
rural
India.

The
filmmaker
wrote,
“BJP
payrolled
troll
army
have
no
idea
about
how
folk
theatre
artists
chill
post
their
performances.
This
is
not
from
my
film.
This
is
from
everyday
rural
India
that
these
sangh
parivars
want
to
destroy
with
their
relentless
hate
&
religious
bigotry.
Hindutva
can
never
become
India.”

For
the
unversed,
Leena
Manimekalai
has
received
many
brickbats
over

Kaali

poster,
which
shows
an
actress
dressed
as
Goddess
Kaali
smoking
and
wielding
an
LGBTQ
pride
flag.
It
did
not
go
down
well
with
many
people
and
political
parties.

Kaali
Poster
Row:
TMC
Distances
Itself
From
Mahua
Moitra’s
Comments;
Leena
Manimekalai
Fears
About
Her
Safety

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Babbar
Sentenced
To
2
Years
In
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However,
Manimekalai
has
made
it
very
clear
that
her
documentary
was
about
a
woman
strolling
in
the
streets
of
Canada’s
Toronto.
But
it
continued
to
court
controversies
as
several
right-wing
groups
took
offence
and
multiple
complaints
were
lodged
against
her.
This
finally
resulted
in
Canada’s
Aga
Khan
Museum
taking
down
the
presentation
of
the
documentary.

The
original
tweet
with
the
movie
poster
has
also
been
taken
down
by
Twitter
in
response
to
a
legal
demand.
However,
the
Toronto-based
director
has
termed
the
move
hilarious.

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