Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the director of "S Durga", on Tuesday said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) is doing "unconstitutional and unprecedented thing" after his movie was banned from screening at International Film Festival of India's (IFFI) Indian Panorama section.
Soon after the announcement was made by the Ministry, one of the jury members Apurva Asrani took to Twitter to share his dismay. "I stand with the chairperson of the jury". We have had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed. My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa. The jury at IFFI was so qualified that I was sure that this would be the ideal platform to launch the film. "S Durga" director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan said he would approach the court after this "clever move" by the ministry.
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. Meanwhile, Jadhav admitted that he has been in touch with Sasidharan and is following in his footsteps.
Director Shyam Benegal, who earlier filed a petition to the I&B ministry to curb the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) power to make cuts to films, says that a move like this is simply wrong. "My previous films were screened there as well". We are all working filmmakers and film professionals. "We are ready to showcase the film at any point".
He confirmed the Ministry's development but said: "I can't say anything more than that right now". 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. "I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates to India, with open arms, as only we Indians can", he adds. "Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav had told PTI. But The information and broadcasting ministry overruled the decision of IFFI jury and removed Marathi film Nude and Malayalam film from the 48th edition of this festival. It was selected as the opening film.
Indian Oscar victor and composer A. R. Rahman and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who collaborated with Majidi for the film, are expected to be present for the screening. Government. decided that a couple of films chosen by jury shouldn't be there. So I don't understand what the controversy is about.