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

Carla Harmon
November 15, 2017

While the filmmakers lashed out at the ministry for interference and the jury members expressed disappointment, with Sujoy Ghosh resigning as jury chairman, the I and B ministry has now hit back.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has finally explained why they made a decision to drop Malayalam film S Durga and Marathi film Nude from the Panorama section at the upcoming International Film Festival of India. The movies were to be screened as part of the film festival in Goa later this month. "What Sujoy Ghosh did is a correct thing".

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

Sanal's Malayalam film Sexy Durga and Rajiv Jadhav's Marathi film Nude were taken off the list of films to be screened at the 48th edition of IFFI by the I&B Ministry. "I wept when I saw it". Instead, support those who want to show the film. We have to give importance to sentiments around us, even as film makers. And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school.

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. So, it's because of that that this move really stings", says the disappointed filmmaker. The first title of the film was Sexy Durga, which had drawn flak from several quarters. "An opportunity to be heard had to be given to me", he said.

Tewari took to twitter said, "Preposterous - That I&B Ministry got two films dropped from IFFI 2017". The court has already taken the case into consideration, since it is an urgent matter. It will be followed by screening of "Beyond the Clouds", a film directed by the Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi, at Kala Academy. However, she has also retracted her film as a sign of protest. I will keep trying my luck with other film festivals. "But there's always another festival and I will not give up", sighs Ravi. Even as a high-decibel coalition of interest groups threatens to stall the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), scheduled to open in Goa next week, has run into controversy.

The opening ceremony will also include a cultural programme based on the Indian film industry. "Freedom is never absolute". He added that there is a likelihood of the ministry arguing that it was rejected because it was not a technically complete film. They wanted to know why the reasons for exclusion were not provided in the original mail to the jury.

The films had been selected by a 13 member jury and the Ministry allegedly did not consult anyone before dropping the films.

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