High Commission of India, Ottawa releases statement and urges Canadian authorities to take action on documentary Kaali  

High Commission of India, Ottawa released a statement on Monday stating that they have received complaints from leaders of Hindu community in Canada about disrespectful depiction of Hindu gods on the poster of a film. The film was showcased as part of the “Under the Tent” project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

The official statement by the High Commission stated, “We 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. Our Consulate General in Toronto has conveyed these concerns to the organizers of the event. We are also informed that several Hindu groups have approached authorities in Canada to take action. We urge the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw all such provocative material.”

The documentary’s poster, which shows the Hindu goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette, has angered everyone on social media. Many people want the filmmaker to be taken into custody.

The controversy’s focal point, the documentary movie Kaali, is becoming extremely popular for all the wrong reasons. The movie’s poster insults the Hindu deity and offends religious sensibilities.

The hashtag #ArrestLeenaManimekalai started to trend on Twitter as users called for its creator Leena Manimekalai to be arrested.