Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

Sanal Sasidharam

Sanal Sasidharam

Sasidharan's directed film "Sexy Durga" was recently changed to "S Durga" by the Central Board of Film Certification.

Ghosh has reportedly confirmed the news, but did not reveal anything more. There's only a week left till the festival and it will be hard for us to go to the court now. Somebody from the ministry is intruding and removing some films without knowledge of the jury. He also wrote a letter to the ministry, citing this. Producer of Sexy Durga, Shahji Mathew himself had earlier agreed to change the title to ' S.Durga' and had even obtained a U/A certificate from the CBFC as early as October 10, but it was the uncensored version Sexy Durga that made it to the list.Festival Director Sujoy Ghosh, who has now resigned, had submitted the uncensored Sexy Durga in feature film category without the Ministry's approval and this seems to have peeved the Information and Broadcast ministry.

Marathi film Nude which explores the chaotic life of a nude model at an art school has now been replaced by Vinod Kapri's "Pihu" as the opening film. The ministry's role in the conduct of the IFFI certainly does not include deciding on the films to be screened. His advocate, Manu Sebastian, told Mirror, "We have filed a writ petition today challenging the decision of the I&B Ministry for excluding our film from Indian Panorama".

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. 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.

In a detailed Facebook post, Sasidharan said, "It is a shame that no one from the Kerala film fraternity or any film activists or any Malayalam media makes any comment against the arbitrary removal of two films from the list of Indian Panorama by the I and B ministry".

"It's something we've never heard of", he said. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown".

The festival will take place in Goa from November 20-28. "Right now, the controversy is around Nude and S Durga but there are other good films that need to be watched and lauded so I don't wish to officially disassociate myself from the Panorama".

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