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

S Durga reveals the society’s patriarchal mindset

While Sexy Durga's struggle to release in India continues, the film has already received critical acclaim overseas, even winning the prestigious Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The festival, slated for November 20-28, is the oldest and most prestigious film festival in India, Mehr News Agency reported.

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

Earlier Apurva Asrani, one of the jury members at IFFI had tweeted praises for the two films.

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. It's ironic, really, that an industry that has information in its very name should fail to inform everyone involved before taking such a decision.

Ravi Jadhav's Nude and S Durga by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan - selected for the Panorama by a 13-member jury, are missing from the final list released by the IBM. Nude was earlier scheduled to open the festival but now it has been replaced by Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri.

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Jadhav, whose film depicts the struggle of a woman secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai, is equally disappointed. "Durga is principal Hindu goddess and the filmmaker may seek normal certification of the film from CBFC", it was pointed out.It is important to note that Regional Officer, Thiruvanthapuram, who examined the uncensored version found it violating Guideline 6 of the CBFC, i.e. provocative and disrespectful of certain faith and religion.

The sources added that "Nude" could not make the cut as the submission was "technically incomplete".Film director Ruchi Narain, a member of the jury, said she respected Ghosh's decision to resign. "An opportunity to be heard had to be given to me", he said.

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.

Both the directors suspect that their films have been dropped from the Panorama because of the I&B officialdom's squeamishness about the titles.

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".

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