Under the circumstances, Sanal is now planning to move the High Court again, with a contempt of court petition. His film is being screened there and he has been nominated in the best director category. Relieved over the recent turn of events, Sanal took to Facebook to share the happy news saying, "I usually don't celebrate victories". This is the victory of cinema. This is the victory of those people from the jury who sacrificed. But Sanal's persistence paid off and I'm thrilled that delegates of India's most prestigious film festival will get a chance to see this film.
"We didn't get any information from the I&B ministry".
However, the matter hasn't ended here as the IFFI officials have clarified that they haven't received any official orders from the court about the film. "Please let me know the date urgently so that I and my entire team can be present along with the censored version of the said film", Sasidharan wrote in the letter.
The I & B Ministry has chose to approach the Division-Bench of the Kerala HC against its Single-Bench order that allows the screening of the movie at the IFFI. The government is openly challenging the judicial system also. The learned government pleader must have informed them too.
"At 1.45 pm on Tuesday, the high court made the official declaration that the I&B Ministry's dropping S Durga from their list of films is a violation of freedom of expression".
The HC had yesterday ordered the information and broadcasting ministry, the organisers of IFFI, to screen "S Durga" at the 48th International Film Festival of India in Goa, after it was dropped from the 2017 Indian Panorama section. "Where is this country going to", he tweeted. Besides this film, yet another regional language film that has faced a similar situation is Ravi Jadhav's Marathi social drama Nude.