FIR in Delhi, UP against makers of Kaali for ‘offensive’ poster

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against the makers of the documentary film, ‘Kaali’, after it received massive flak for its poster that depicts the Hindu goddess smoking a cigarette.

Poster of documentary film Kaali depicts the Hindu goddess smoking a cigarette (Image credits: Twitter)

The Delhi Police and the Uttar Pradesh Police have registered FIRs against the makers of the movie, ‘Kaali’, over its poster that depicts the Hindu goddess smoking a cigarette. The FIRs slapped charges of criminal conspiracy, offence in place of worship, deliberately hurting religious sentiments, and intention to provoke breach of peace.

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The controversy erupted after filmmaker Leena Manimekalai shared the poster of her 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 accoutrements of a trishul (trident), and sickle, the actor playing the goddess is shown wielding the LGBTQ+ community’s pride flag.

The IFSO unit has registered a case against the director Leena Manimekalai under IPC 153A and IPC 295A.

Earlier on Monday, the Indian High Commission in Canada on Monday issued a statement on the ‘smoking Kaali’ poster, and urged the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw “all such provocative material”.

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In a statement, the High Commission said that they have received complaints from leaders of the Hindu community in Canada about “disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods on the poster of a film showcased as part of the ‘Under the Tent project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.”

(With inputs from Tanseem Haider)

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