Top sources within the ministry spoke to India Today and highlighted that "Sexy Durga" was previously rejected for screening at the 19th Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) festival too that took place last month. We've had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed them.
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. Two days later, the chairperson of the jury, Sujoy Ghosh, resigned in protest. However, I wish all the other films good luck.
In a Facebook post, Sanal, who has won global acclaim as a filmmaker, said, "It is a shame that, no one from the Kerala film fraternity or any film activists or any Malayalam media makes any comment against the arbitrary removal of two films from the list of Indian Panorama by the I and B ministry". My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sasidharan filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court on the non-inclusion of his film in the Indian Panorama section. "Each one of them has been made with a lot of love and no controversy should take away from that", Apurva said.
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"I want the ministry to go by the rule and not overlook the jury's decision".
The respondents in his petition include the Union of India, represented by the secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Directorate of Film Festivals, Chairman, Jury for Feature Films and the Indian Panorama, 48th International Film Festival of India, Goa.
Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani and another jury member when quizzed on the subject, told Mirror, "It's extremely sad that we were not informed about the exclusion of the films".
The makers of "Sexy Durga" agreed to change the name of the film, now "S Durga", and beep out some vulgar words, as per the official directive from the EC.
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His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films. Some of the greatest films of the entire world comes to the festival and it is unfortunate that the I&B ministry has the power to veto films here.
I and B ministry sources tell India Today that it is the final word on IFFI screenings, since this is "restricted viewing for delegates", and not for public viewing that it can not dictate.
The films had been selected by a 13 member jury and the Ministry allegedly did not consult anyone before dropping the films.
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