'S Durga' director moves court against IFFI, I and B ministry

Ravi Jadhav

The information and broadcasting ministry headed by Smriti Irani overruled the decision of the IFFI jury and pulled out Malayalam movie "S Durga" and Marathi film "Nude" from the 48th edition of the film festival to be held in Goa from November 20 to 28, the movies' directors say. "Even the scroll detailing cast and crew of the film was not there". My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa.

Tewari took to twitter said, "Preposterous - That I&B Ministry got two films dropped from IFFI 2017".

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan expressed his anger and said that he is planning to approach court "They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on objective". My film is slotted at global festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award. The jury had earlier recommended Nude as the opening film, but then instead of Nude, the film Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film.

"I want the ministry to go by the rule and not overlook the jury's decision. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates to India, with open arms, as only we Indians can", he adds. Final print is made only when the organisers/ministry sends a letter informing of the selection, asking them to keep it ready by a certain date. After being denied censor exemption twice, his film had been finally cleared by the Censors after he agreed to change the title from Sexy Durga to S Durga and screened at the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) Film Festival.

Incidentally, S Durga was earlier titled Sexy Durga but the CBFC demanded 21 cuts in the film and gave a U/A certificate only after changing the title.

Nude is the film that tells the story of a nude model in one arts school. "I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped".

Reacting to the decision taken by the Government of India to ban those movies, veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal backed Ghosh and said that the government should not support those people, who do not want the film to be shown. "Right now, the controversy is around Nude and S Durga but there are other good films that need to be watched and lauded so I don't wish to officially disassociate myself from the Panorama".

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