From ‘Kaali’ to ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, 5 film posters that caused controversy | Latest India News
‘Kaali’ director Leena Manimekalai has found herself in legal trouble over her film’s poster with several FIRs filed against her in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Here’s a look at some of the other movie posters that received backlash
A political row has taken the country by storm over Canadian filmmaker Leena Manimekalai’s new documentary ‘Kaali’. The movie poster shows the avatar of goddess Durga as Kaali smoking a cigarette and holding a rainbow flag, also known as the pride flag, which is a globally recognized symbol of the community LGBTQ+. The Madurai-born filmmaker now finds herself in legal trouble over the film’s poster with several first information reports (FIRs) registered against her in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. India’s High Commission in Ottawa, Canada also issued a statement urging Canadian authorities to “remove all provocative material”.
Let’s take a look at some of the other movie posters that received backlash:
After the release of the Tamil film “FIR”, directed by Manu Anand and starring Vishnu Vishal, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Msulimeen (AIMIM) called on the Telangana government to remove the “objectionable” content from the film. The movie poster, which bore the “Shahada” in Arabic, hurt Muslims’ religious feelings, party leader Asaduddin Owaisi said.
In 2014, actress Mallika Sherawat found herself in a legal dispute when a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader filed a petition in the Indore District Court against her ‘Dirty Politics’ movie poster for insulting the national flag. In the poster, Sherawat could be seen sitting on the roof of a car with a tricolor cloth wrapped around her. Furthermore, the film, based on the gang rape and murder of nurse Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan, received a united reaction from the BJP and the Rajasthan Congress Vidhan Sabha.
The film “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela” by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone has been criticized for both its name and its sensual poster. Several Hindu groups were offended by the film’s initial title ‘Ramleela’ and ‘Ram-Leela’ as it was associated with Hindu Lord Ram. The film’s poster also received backlash as it showed the two actors hugging sensually. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali later clarified that the film was based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
When Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” movie poster was released in 2015, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal demanded that the movie’s title be changed, and they also filed a petition in the high court of the Madhya Pradesh. However, the high court denied the petition and the film became one of the hits of the year.
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