Jury chairman, Sujoy Ghosh, has resigned while the aggrieved directors have sought an explanation from the ministry. The CBFC suggested change of title (it was amended to S Durga ) and deletion of some words in some scenes. We've had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed them.
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. I will keep trying my luck with other film festivals.
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. My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa.
Jadhav said, in the case of brand new films, the directors submit screeners to the film festivals. Lauding Sujoy for his courageous act, Sasidharan took to the social media to inform, "I am also doing my bit, I have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala against the unprecedented, illogical and unconstitutional decision taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting". "Each one of them has been made with a lot of love and no controversy should take away from that", Apurva said. Now, the ministry says it is too late for the censored version to be watched by the jury in time for festival opening. However, the producers of such uncensored films need to get an "exemption certificate" from the Ministry which was denied in the case of both the films, while 11 others in the list of 26 were granted the same.
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While 'S Durga', earlier titled Sexy Durga, is a thriller, 'Nude' depicts the struggle of a woman working as a nude model in Mumbai.
Talking to PTI, Ghosh confirmed that his decision came in the wake of Sexy Durga and Nude being pulled out from the selection. "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".
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. "I am ready to show the complete film on November 20 at IFFI". Government. decided that a couple of films chosen by jury shouldn't be there.
Both the directors suspect that their films have been dropped from the Panorama because of the I&B officialdom's squeamishness about the titles.