'S Durga' director moves court against IFFI, I and B ministry

'S Durga' director moves court against IFFI, I and B ministry

Meanwhile, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh who was the jury head of IFFI has stepped down from the post.

The two movies were selected by a 13-member jury for the Indian Panorama section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) were removed from the final list by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the panel's headed by Sujoy Ghosh. My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa. "If they had any problem with the censorship of the film they should have asked me. Each one of them has been made with a lot of love and no controversy should take away from that", Apurva said.

"I have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala against this unprecedented, illogical and unconstitutional action taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting", Sasidharan wrote in his Facebook page. S Durga's director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan and Ravi Jadhav have expressed shock after the film was dropped from the list and stated that he has sent an email to the ministry asking about the removal of the film. "An global film festival has nothing to do with Indian politics". The case was heard today and the court has sought an explanation from the government on Thursday.

"Sexy Durga" and "Nude" were dropped despite the jury's decision because of the I&B Ministry's interference. There's only a week left till the festival and it will be hard for us to go to the court now. "We are ready to showcase the film at any point".

Reacting to the news, filmmaker Ruchi Narain, who is one of the jury members, told TNM that she is surprised and dismayed by the Ministry's move. 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. It explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school.

He confirmed the Ministry's development but said: "I can't say anything more than that right now".

Two other films have now replaced "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" in the IFFI Indian films category. "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".

Previously, Sanal had to struggle before Sexy Durga was certified with a U/A. IFFI is a government film festival, Tikoo argued, adding that "only responsibility and accountability" were driving the committee that was managing the festival.