Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 15, 2017

"S. Durga is a film that had won recognitions in many worldwide festivals".

Talking to PTI, Ghosh confirmed that his decision came in the wake of Sexy Durga and Nude being pulled out from the selection. My film is slotted at worldwide 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. On November 9th, the I&B Ministry announced the official list of "feature" and "non-feature" films for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI which did not feature S Durga and Nude.

Editor-scriptwriter Apurva Asrani has also stepped down as a jury member.

Miffed with the ministry's interference and not being kept in the loop, a few jury members had also written to the ministry, expressing their disappointment with its move. "So no controversy should have been there", Sanal Kumar Sasidharan further said. "I stand with the chairman of the jury".

Noted filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as the jury chief for the upcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) after the controversial removal of films "S Durga" and "Nude" from the final list.

Jadhav, whose film depicts the struggle of a woman secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai, is equally disappointed.

I&B Ministry released the final list on November 9 and had taken off these two names, which were recommended by the jury. "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". The ministry's role in the conduct of the IFFI certainly does not include deciding on the films to be screened. The film got the certificate after the title was changed to S Durga and as many as 21 audio mutes were made.

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.

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".

Earlier on Tuesday, Sasidharan filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court on the non-inclusion of his film in the Indian Panorama section.

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