Friday, 17 November, 2017

Removal of S Durga from IFFK: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan to move court

Sujoy Ghosh Sujoy Ghosh
Ben Pena | 15 November, 2017, 02:52

Earlier in October, the ministry had objected to Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's film and its original title, Sexy Durga, denying it censor exemption for screening at the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival With Star 2017. The Kahaani director gave a confirmation to The Indian Express but refrained from commenting on the development.

Since the 2016 edition of IFFI uncensored films are allowed to be screened in film festivals.

The jury had submitted the list to the ministry on September 20-21, but the line was made public, where these two films were missing from the list.

Scriptwriter Apurva Asrani, a jury member, has praised the films for presenting "a powerful & empathetic portrait of women in todays India". He also wrote a letter to the ministry, citing this.

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Asked if he has resigned as jury head in the wake of the controversy, Ghosh said, "Yes, but I can't say anything more than that right now". "In this case the jury's decision was final and if the ministry cannot provide a satisfactory explanation, their decision can be ruled as arbitrary action".

These responses come after the 13-member jury, led by Ghosh, had reportedly included both the movies Sexy Durga and Nude in their recommended list, but they did not find their way in the list passed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Soon after, the I&B Ministry announced the list of feature and non feature Indian films to be a part of the prestigious film festival. IFFI is a government film festival, Tikoo argued, adding that "only responsibility and accountability" were driving the committee that was managing the festival. "It's wonderful that our country has opened its doors, with the International Film Festival of India, providing a platform to showcase some of the finest films from across the globe". I got U/A certificate.

Nude is the film that tells the story of a nude model in one arts school. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown. I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped". It was a bad decision to select these third rate films in Panorama.

The national award-winning director also said that it is hard to accept that a selected film is removed from the festival without any explanation, "My film was chosen for this, you can't take away my right".

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