After director Sujoy Ghosh had stepped down from the jury of the 48th International Film Festival of India's (IFFI) on Tuesday, National Award winning writer Apurva Asrani and The Good Road director, Gyan Correa were soon to follow. This is a reaction to the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry's decision to drop two films from the line-up of International Film Festival of India's (IFFI) Indian Panorama section. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's 'S Durga' and Ravi Jadhav's 'Nude' were originally approved by the jury, but the I&B ministry indiscriminately removed them.
Apurva Asrani had also taken to Twitter to show his support to the two movies.
In a Facebook post, Sasidharan acknowledged the ‘boldness’ of some jury members.
After being denied censor exemption on two occasions, Sasidharan’s film was finally cleared by the Censors, but only after he agreed to change the title from Sexy Durga to S Durga. The film was screened at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images Film Festival in October this year.
Reports suggest that the jury had submitted its final list to the I&B ministry on September 20-21, but the line-up of films to be screened was made public only recently. That list, however, came without the name of the two films.
Sasidharan has also filed a petition in the Kerala High Court against the I&B ministry and IFFI officials. His argument is that the ministry ‘arbitrarily vetoed’ the IFFI jury's decision and dropped his film ‘without notice’ and ‘without assigning any reason,’ and that the ‘the decision is totally illegal and erroneous.’