Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

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

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

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

Ghosh has reportedly confirmed the news, but did not reveal anything more.

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

The films were dropped despite being selected by the 13-member IFFI jury, a committee ironically formed by the Ministry itself.

Apurva Asrani, one of the jury members, had tweeted: "Sexy Durga & Nude are among the best of contemporary cinema". The Ministry made it clear today that not permitting Sexy Durga to be screened at forthcoming IFFI was well within its remit. "So no controversy should have been there", Sanal Kumar Sasidharan further said.

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. "Nobody informed me about the decision".

The film, a road movie that follows the horrifying experience of two hitchhikers, a man and a woman, at the hands of two men in the dead of the night, won the Hivos Tiger Award in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017.

Marathi film Nude which explores the chaotic life of a nude model at an art school has now been replaced by Vinod Kapri's "Pihu" as the opening film. At that time, while MAMI sought exemption for the film, I and B ministry raised objection and said it "has been receiving several grievances against its title and is of the view that it may affect the law and order as it hurts the religious sentiments, "Durga" being a principle Hindu Goddess".

"It's something we've never heard of", he said.

I&B Ministry released the final list on November 9 and had taken off these two names, which were recommended by the jury. 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.

Disapointed with this decision, Sasidharan has already sent an email to the ministry asking for the reasons behind the "arbitrary removal of the film" and demanding the screening of the movie selected by the jury.

'Beyond the Clouds, ' a drama written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, will open the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. "An worldwide film festival has nothing to do with Indian politics".

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