I&B Ministry is doing unconstitutional, unprecedented thing: Sasidharan, director of S Durga

Ravi Jadhav

However, I wish all the other fi lms good luck. "S Durga" director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan said he would approach the court after this "clever move" by the ministry.

Both films have been receiving praises from all quarters, In fact, writer Apurva Asrani, who is also part of the jury had praised the two films a few days back. According to reports the jury members of IFFI were not aware of this decision as well. Meanwhile, Jadhav admitted that he has been in touch with Sasidharan and is following in his footsteps. At that time, while MAMI sought exemption for the film, I and B ministry raised objection and said it "has been receiving several grievances against its title and is of the view that it may affect the law and order as it hurts the religious sentiments, "Durga" being a principle Hindu Goddess". "Sumitra Bhave's film Kaasav, which won the Golden Lotus, was supposed to be screened at IFFI". 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". Final print is made only when the organisers/ministry sends a letter informing of the selection, asking them to keep it ready by a certain date. The jury had earlier conveyed to the ministry that an explanation must be provided for every film removed. "How could we give it certificate at this stage?" a senior official added. "Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav had told PTI. When asked if he would be attending the festival, Advani said that he was uncertain, as he might have to attend a shoot of a show he is producing.

Nude is the film that tells the story of a nude model in one arts school.

Earlier in the day, the Ministry had pulled out Malayalam movie "S Durga" and Marathi film "Nude" from the film festival to be held in Goa from November 20-28. "I respect Sujoy's decision as chairperson, his actions speak volumes, more than words can say".

I&B Ministry released the final list on November 9 and had taken off these two names, which were recommended by the jury.

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. The Panorama jury has the mandate and autonomy to pick films that are worthy of an IFFI screening. Nude came with the rider from the jury itself that it was an incomplete film.

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