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

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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. 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 conveyed to the ministry that an explanation must be provided for every film removed.

Reacting to the news, filmmaker Ruchi Narain, who is one of the jury members, told TNM that she is surprised and dismayed by the Ministry's move. Ravi Jadhav, who has made Nude said that he would write to ministry asking about this step.

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". "I stand with the chairman of the jury". Clearly, the information and broadcasting ministry does not agree with these sentiments expressed by SK Sasidharan, whose film Sexy Durga, modestly renamed S Durga, has been knocked out off the Goa film festival. "I respect the stand that Sujoy has taken but, more importantly, I am requesting the persons concerned to watch the films in contention and take an informed decision, preferably in consultation with the jury members". And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school.

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.

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"Sexy Durga" and "Nude" were dropped despite the jury's decision because of the I&B Ministry's interference. "I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped". "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown".

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. "My previous films were screened there as well".

The popular Bollywood actor, Shah Rukh Khan will inaugurate the 48th International Film Festival of India, at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium on November 20.

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