IFFI jury watches S Durga

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Reacting to the development, Sasidharan said that the prolonged delay amounted to mockery of the judicial orders and that the aim of the IFFI organisers was to ensure that the film was not screened at the festival.

Refusing to share the jury's verdict with the media, acting chairperson of the jury, filmmaker Rahul Rawail, said, "We have conveyed our decision to the (Information and Broadcasting) ministry".

"I can not comment on it individually".

Sudhir Chaudhary, Satish Kaushik and Vivek Agnihotri - were put on the jury after jury chairman Sujoy Ghosh and members Apurva Asrani and Gyan Correa resigned in protest over the exclusion of "S Durga" and "Nude" from the festival.

Sasidharan, who had moved the court, told PTI that seven jury members were ready for the screening of the film but four people on the panel, with three new additions, didn't give their approval.

Last week, the Kerala High Court had directed the IFFI organisers to screen the film, and then the court, despite a request from the Union ministry for information and broadcasting, refused to stay this order.

Mumbai-based director and screenwriter Ruchi Narain also confirmed the screening of the film for the jury.

Though the screening of film S Durga remains in balance with the possibility of it being shown "outside" schedule as the event closes on Tuesday, the government claimed that its stand has been vindicated with only the censored version of the film approved by the Kerala high court. As per reports in CNN 18, the jury finally said yes to the screening of S Durga in IFFI 2017. "They are just delaying to ensure that the film is not screened at IFFI this year", Sasidharan said, also calling the inclusion of new members to the jury panel as "illegal". "I may file a contempt of court case", he said.



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