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Indian High Commission in Canada issued a statement appealing to remove all objectionable material related to the film ‘Kali’

Controversy continues to escalate over the poster of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s documentary ‘Kaali’. The Indian High Commission in Canada has issued a statement regarding the controversial poster issue of ‘Maa Kali’. The Indian High Commission has appealed to the Canadian authorities to remove all objectionable material related to the short film ‘Kaali’. The High Commission has taken this step after receiving complaints from the leaders of the Hindu community present in Canada over the derogatory portrayal of Hindu goddess in the posters of the short film released there.
Toronto-based filmmaker Leena Manimekalai on Saturday, July 2, shared the poster of her short film “Kaali” on Twitter, which shows the Hindu goddess smoking and holding the LGBTQ community flag in her hand. Manimekalai was accused of hurting religious sentiments after this poster surfaced. Not only this, the hashtag ‘Arrest Leena Manimekalai’ started trending against him on social media.
At the same time, a member of the group named ‘Gau Mahasabha’ said that he has filed a complaint against Manimekalai with the Delhi Police. The Indian High Commission in Ottawa said in a statement issued on Monday that it has received complaints from the leaders of the Hindu community in Canada about the “derogatory portrayal” of the Hindu goddess in the poster of the short film titled “Under the Tent”. The project was on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
“Our Consulate General in Toronto has conveyed these concerns to the organizers of the event. We have also received information that several Hindu organizations have approached the Canadian authorities for action on the matter,” the statement said. “We urge the Canadian authorities and event organizers to withdraw such inflammatory material,” it said.
Born in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, Manimekalai on Monday said she will continue to use her voice fearlessly as long as she is alive. Responding to an article published on the controversy, Manimekalai tweeted, “I have nothing to lose. I want to live as long as I am with a voice that can speak my mind fearlessly . If it costs my life, I can pay it.”

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