Actor-TMC MP Nusrat Jahan on Kaali poster row: I don't believe in hurting religious sentiments
Kolkata/IBNS: Bengali actor-MP Nusrat Jahan Monday said she believes creativity should not be mixed with religion while responding to the row stirred by a film poster featuring goddess Kali smoking a cigarette.
Speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2022, Jahan said, "Let's not pull religion again and make it saleable. It's good to sit in your home and watch this masala. Look, I have always supported creativity and individuality. Having said that, I also believe religious sentiments shouldn't be hurt."
"If someone is coming up with something creative, you decide and then take responsibility for your own actions as well. As far as I am concerned, I would never hurt anyone's religious sentiments or mix creativity and religion," the Trinamool Congress MP from West Bengal's Basirhat constituency added.
What is this controversy?
The poster of a documentary titled Kaali is creating quite a stir online for showing the Hindu goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette.
It all started after the director, Leena Manimekalai, shared the poster of the film on Twitter.
Super thrilled to share the launch of my recent film - today at @AgaKhanMuseum as part of its “Rhythms of Canada”— Leena Manimekalai (@LeenaManimekali) July 2, 2022
I made this performance doc as a cohort of https://t.co/D5ywx1Y7Wu@YorkuAMPD @TorontoMet @YorkUFGS
Feeling pumped with my CREW❤️ pic.twitter.com/L8LDDnctC9
The poster shows a woman, dressed in a Goddess Kaali costume, smoking a cigarette.
Apart from her usual accoutrements of trishul (trident) and sickle, the actor playing the goddess is also shown wielding the LGBTQ+ community's pride flag.