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IFFI 2017: I&B ministry removes S Durga, Nude from Indian Panorama line-up

IFFI 2017: I&B ministry removes S Durga, Nude from Indian Panorama line-up”

Presumably, the Victorian sensibilities of the I&B officials were offended by the titles of the two films though the Durga in question is not a goddess but a young North Indian woman who marries a southerner; Nude is all about women models who pose for artists. "What Sujoy Ghosh did is a correct thing".

Film S Durga, which has been screened at many global film festivals, exposes the reality of a misogynistic society and captures various encounters of a couple running away in the night. The jury submitted its list to the ministry on September 20-21, but the line-up was made public only recently and without the name of the two films, a member had disclosed because of which some members of the jury had even gone on to criticise the decision, but the ministry stayed away from responding to the allegations.

Ghosh has reportedly confirmed the news, but did not reveal anything more.

Marathi film Nude helmed by Ravi Jadhav and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Malayalam film S Durga were the two films which were pulled out of the list of movies to be featured at 48th International Film Festival of India. He told a news agency that he's planning to approach the court after this "clever move" by the ministry. Already screened at a number of worldwide film festivals, S Durga exposes the reality of a misogynistic society and captures various encounters of a couple running away in the night.

The films had been selected by a 13 member jury and the Ministry allegedly did not consult anyone before dropping the films.

Sanal Sasidharan's S Durga has been doing the rounds of various International Film Festival this year and earning critical acclaim.

While, Nude is a Marathi movie by National Award winning director Ravi Jadhav.

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan expressed his anger and said that he is planning to approach court "They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on objective". Nude was earlier scheduled to open the festival but now it has been replaced by Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri. "But I will file a case in the Kochi High Court".

"Give me some reason at least". It was selected as the opening film. It was a big honour. "Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav told PTI.



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