Sexy Durga, which will release in theatres as S Durga, is a Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, while Nude is a Marathi movie by National Award-winning director Ravi Jadhav. My film is slotted at worldwide festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award.
If the I&B ministry is indeed responsible, it must explain why it deemed it necessary to change a list of films chosen by a jury of experts. The Ministry made it clear today that not permitting Sexy Durga to be screened at forthcoming IFFI was well within its remit. Interference with jury decisions a new low.
These responses come after the 13-member jury, led by Ghosh, had reportedly included both the movies Sexy Durga and Nude in their recommended list, but they did not find their way in the list passed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school. "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".
However, according to the senior official, the original, uncensored version was submitted for IFFI, making the ministry deny it "exemption certificate" for the second time.
He said he wanted the ministry to implement the jury's decision and include films in the final list. "If the ministry has taken this reason I am sure there must have been a valid reason". "I am very happy and curious to see the reaction of the audience because this is the first time the film will be presented to the people of India", Majidi said. "An opportunity to be heard had to be given to me", he said.
Not only does this step attack freedom of expression, it also violates Clause 8.5 of the Indian Panorama 2017 Regulation, which clearly states that "the decision of the juries shall be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained".
The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is scheduled to take place later this month in Goa. "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".