After Kerala HC's nod, censors raise red flag on S Durga

S Durga: No show at IFFI, the film to be screened at IFFK

S Durga: No show at IFFI, the film to be screened at IFFK

Mr. Narayanan also walked away with the Special Jury Award for the film, which is his directorial debut. The director had moved the Kerala High Court after the movie was pulled out from the Panorama section by the ministry.Though the high court had directed the ministry to ensure the screening of the movie at IFFI, the centre filed an appeal against decision.

On November 21, a day after the festival began, the Kerala High Court ordered that the film be screened at the November 20-28 festival.

The letter stated that the board had "received complaints from the IFFI jury at Goa over the title of the film".

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, a day after the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here wrapped up, Sasidharan shared his sentiments.

The CBFC communique to producer Shaji Mathew also directs that the film should not be exhibited because of violations under Rule 33 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983.

The on-off saga of releasing "Sexy Durga" in India has come to a sorry conclusion, for now.

Since the ban on the screening of the Malayalam film "S Durga" in the Indian International Film Festival Goa, the controversy over the film has continued till now. Until then, the film can not be exhibited.

This means the film, cleared twice by Kerala High Court and twice by the festival jury - whose latest approval came on Monday night - can not be screened anywhere in India till the board re-examines it.

On Tuesday, the CBFC said the makers can not exhibit the film further until the board re-examines it.

Immediately after the CBFC order, IFFI director Sunit Tandon wrote to Sanal, notifying him that the movie will not be showcased due to the board's intervention.

"I have seen a lot of people who openly accept that they are supporters of this government in the past two three days so depressed and disappointed by the dirty game played by the Ministry against my film".

The jury cleared the film with seven of the 11 members who watched it voting in its favour.

Speaking to IANS, Sasidharan said Rawail's comment that the decision of the ministry would be conveyed to the court and then the Court would subsequently issue an order was a "mockery of the judiciary".

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