Sunday, 19 November, 2017

'S Durga' director moves HC against exclusion from IFFI

Sujoy Ghosh IFFI Sujoy Ghosh India TV
Nicole Thomas | 15 November, 2017, 06:21

The two movies were selected by a 13-member jury for the Indian Panorama section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) were removed from the final list by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the panel's headed by Sujoy Ghosh. If all the directors take this stand, I am sure a pressure can be built and the two films "Nude" and "S Durga" can be included again.

While S Durga is the story of a couple walking a deserted road with the woman facing harassment from men, national film award winning director Jadhav's Nude is the story of a poor woman who works as a nude model for art students.

In a bid to register his protest against governmental interference, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani) has resigned from his post of jury chairperson.

Meanwhile speaking to Mirror on condition of anonymity, a jury member said that till late on Tuesday, the ministry had not reacted to either Sujoy and Asrani's resignations. "But I will file a case in the Kochi High Court".

He said he has written a letter to the ministry to know what exactly happened and why his film was rejected.

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Hindustan Times quoted Nude director Ravi Jadhav as saying, "Give me some reason at least. Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav had told PTI. 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. "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".

Jadhav, whose previous credits include critically acclaimed films such as "Natrang", "Balak Palak" and "Balgandharva", said it is hard for him to accept that a selected film has been dropped without any explanation. Nude came with the rider from the jury itself that it was an incomplete film. My experience of IFFI in all these years has been very good. The movies were to be screened as part of the film festival in Goa later this month.

He said he didn't make the film to titillate anybody.

The festival will take place in Goa from November 20-28. "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". The jury had earlier recommended Nude as the opening film, but then instead of Nude, the film Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film.

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