Monday, 20 November, 2017

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

Ravi Jadhav Ravi Jadhav
Patty Aguilar | 15 November, 2017, 03:21

Sasidharan's directed film "Sexy Durga" was recently changed to "S Durga" by the Central Board of Film Certification.

If the I&B ministry is indeed responsible, it must explain why it deemed it necessary to change a list of films chosen by a jury of experts.

Apurva Asrani, one of the jury members, had tweeted: "Sexy Durga & Nude are among the best of contemporary cinema".

Miffed with the ministry's interference and not being kept in the loop, a few jury members had also written to the ministry, expressing their disappointment with its move. According to reports the jury members of IFFI were not aware of this decision as well. The film festival, that takes place in Goa every year, has been in the news for some of the films that the I&B Ministry has chose to drop from the final list of films that will be screened at the festival. I think there must be a protocol to inform the jury chairman of the decision.

Jadhav, whose film depicts the struggle of a woman secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai, is equally disappointed. "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". 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". "But as a jury member I won't be resigning", she stated, pointing out that they spent a month choosing films and while these two did not make it to the final list, there were others films too selected by them. Soon after, the I&B Ministry announced the list of feature and non feature Indian films to be a part of the prestigious film festival. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown".

The popular Bollywood actor, Shah Rukh Khan will inaugurate the 48th International Film Festival of India, at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium on November 20. "An opportunity to be heard had to be given to me", he said.

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.

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