After 'S Durga', 'Nude' director plans to move High Court

IFFI 2017 I&B Ministry drops two films from festival jury chief Sujoy Ghosh resigns

IFFI 2017 I&B Ministry drops two films from festival jury chief Sujoy Ghosh resigns

"The two films which have been picked to replace them were part of the waitlist which the jury itself gave us". My film is slotted at global festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award. Two days later, the chairperson of the jury, Sujoy Ghosh, resigned in protest. I will keep trying my luck with other film festivals.

His film - earlier titled "Sexy Durga" - is one of the two projects that were among the jury recommended list for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI, but did not make it to the final list, approved by the ministry. My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa.

Reacting to the decision taken by the Government of India to ban those movies, veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal backed Ghosh and said that the government should not support those people, who do not want the film to be shown.

"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. Now, the ministry says it is too late for the censored version to be watched by the jury in time for festival opening. Both the movies are both stunning cinematic experiences which the audiences of the film fest would have loved.

Previously, Sanal had to struggle before Sexy Durga was certified with a U/A.

Meanwhile speaking to Mirror on condition of anonymity, a jury member said that till late on Tuesday, the ministry had not reacted to either Sujoy and Asrani's resignations. IFFI is a government film festival, Tikoo argued, adding that "only responsibility and accountability" were driving the committee that was managing the festival.

"My film was chosen for this, you can't take away my right".

Not only does this step attack freedom of expression, it also violates Clause 8.5 of the Indian Panorama 2017 Regulation, which clearly states that "the decision of the juries shall be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained".

On November 9, the I&B Ministry announced the final list of the films for Indian Panorama section of IFFI which is scheduled from November 20 to 28 in Goa. "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".

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