A documentary film that depicts Hindu Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette has sparked outrage in a sizeable section of social media. Many are calling for the arrest of the filmmaker.
Kaali, the documentary film at the center of the row, is going viral for all the wrong reasons. Netizens have alleged that the movie’s poster is an insult to the Hindu goddess and hurts religious sentiments.
With Twitterati demanding action against its maker Leena Manimekalai, the hashtag #ArrestLeenaManimekalai began trending on the micro-blogging platform.
Netizens call for the arrest of the makers of Movie Kaali as the poster offends religious sentiments!
The controversy erupted after Leena Manimekalai shared the poster of the film on social media. The poster depicts a woman dressed in the costume of Goddess Kaali. She is seen smoking a cigarette in the photo. Along with her usual accouterments of Trishul (trident), and sickle, the actor playing the goddess is shown wielding the LGBTQ+ community’s pride flag.
Soon after releasing of the poster Leena Manimekalai was at the receiving end of online brickbats online. Social media users asked the Aga Khan Museum, where the film was launched, to take it down immediately.