Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has released the poster of her documentary ‘Kaali’, which shows the actress turned mother Kali smoking a cigarette. After the release of the poster on July 2, people’s anger on social media has flared up. On social media, users have accused the makers of hurting religious sentiments and there is a demand to arrest them. Now the reaction of Leena Manimekalai on this controversy has also come to the fore. At the same time, Trinamool Congress MP and actress Nusrat Jahan has also given a statement on this matter.
Leena shared the post on social media and wrote, “I have nothing to lose. I will always raise my voice with those who speak fearlessly. If it costs my life, I will give that too.” Leena had told that her film was a part of the program ‘Rhythm of Canada’ at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. When Leena faced a lot of criticism, she made her social media account private and restricted comments.
After protesting, Leena shared the post in Tamil and wrote, “This film is the story of an incident in which one evening Kali appears and roams the streets of Toronto. If you see the picture, you will see the hashtags arresting me.” Not tweets, but will share tweets of the hashtag I love.”
Nusrat Jahan said in a conversation during an event on this matter, “I would say do not bring religion in the middle. Do not make this thing worth selling. It is very easy, sitting in your drawing room and watching the whole spicy story. But If you ask my opinion, I have always supported creativity separately. I have supported individuality separately. And I have also always believed that religious sentiments cannot be hurt.”
Nusrat further said, “I cannot hurt anyone’s religious sentiments, because I follow my religion according to my own way and you have the right to do that and me too. Creatively if you are doing something.” So it is your responsibility. I will not say that you are right or wrong, because only you know. If you ask my opinion, I keep creativity and religion separate.”
While launching the poster of Kaali on July 2, Leena told that she is very excited about it, as Kaali has been launched at the ‘Canada Film Festival’. The controversial documentary has been jointly produced by Tamil Art Collective and Queen Summer Institute.