bengali actor Nusrat Jahan shared her thoughts on the controversial poster of the documentary film Kaali directed by Leena Manimekalai† It shows a woman dressed as goddess Kali smoking a cigarette. Some people have objected to the poster, saying it hurts their religious feelings. Nusrat responded, saying that she personally would never hurt anyone’s religious feelings. (Read also: Kaali poster row: India urges Canada to withdraw provocative material†
Previously, the Uttar Pradesh Police Department has registered an FIR against three – Leena Manimekalai, associate producer Asha and editor Shravan Onachan, under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and as many as two sections of the IT (Amendment) Act 2008. Another case was also filed against the Madurai-born Toronto-based director in Delhi for allegedly insulting Hindu sentiments.
Speaking of the quarrel, Nusrat told India Today: “Let’s not shy away from religion again and make it salable. It is good to sit in your house and look at this masala. Look, I’ve always supported creativity and individuality. That said, I also believe that religious feelings should not be hurt. When you come up with something creative, you decide for yourself and you also take responsibility for your own actions. As far as I’m concerned, I would never hurt anyone’s religious feelings or mix creativity and religion.”
In 2020, Nusrat faced fierce resistance for a photo shoot of her. Dressed in a red and gold sari, she was seen holding a Trishul in one hand as she posed for the camera dressed as Durga. She was heavily criticized by social media users and even received death threats for impersonating a Hindu deity while a Muslim.
The documentary was part of the Rhythms of Canada segment at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum and was shown there on Sunday. India’s high commission in Canada now asked authorities to remove the “disrespectful depiction of Hindu gods” from the Toronto museum. Certain Hindu groups have also filed a complaint with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the controversial poster of the film.
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