JULY 5, 2022
Ottawa: Indian High Commission has urged the Canadian authorities to withdraw the disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods showcased as part of the ‘Under the Tent’ project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto in the backdrop of a controversy over filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s upcoming documentary movie poster depicting Goddess Kaali as a smoking woman.
“We urge the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw all such provocative material,” Indian High Commission in Canada said in a press release.
The appeal from the Indian High Commission came after the poster for a documentary directed by filmmaker Leena Manimekalai drew drawn flak on social media for hurting religious sentiments for its depiction of Goddess Kaali.
The Madurai-born, Toronto-based filmmaker had earlier taken to Twitter to share a poster of her film which depicted a woman dressed in a costume portraying the Goddess and smoking. A flag of the LGBT community is seen in the background.
“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,” added the release.