IFFI jury chief Sujoy Ghosh resigns

Sasidharan's directed film "Sexy Durga" was recently changed to "S Durga" by the Central Board of Film Certification. There's only a week left till the festival and it will be hard for us to go to the court now.

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.

Soon after the announcement was made by the Ministry, one of the jury members Apurva Asrani took to Twitter to share his dismay.

He said he is in shock and has not received any letter from the ministry about why "S Durga" did not make the cut.

While the filmmakers lashed out at the ministry for interference and the jury members expressed disappointment, with Sujoy Ghosh resigning as jury chairman, the I and B ministry has now hit back. The film was screened at MAMI in October this year.

Jadhav, whose film depicts the struggle of a woman secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai, is equally disappointed.

The film, a road movie that follows the horrifying experience of two hitchhikers, a man and a woman, at the hands of two men in the dead of the night, won the Hivos Tiger Award in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017. Filmmaker and jury member Ruchi Narain who had earlier told Mirror that the final list that had come out does not match the list submitted and she personally felt that Nude and S Durga were stunning quality films which festival audiences would really appreciate, echoed Advani's views.

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.

He said he wanted the ministry to implement the jury's decision and include films in the final list. It was selected as the opening film.

Days before Goa welcomes movie lovers for the the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), it is making news for all the wrong reasons. Even as a high-decibel coalition of interest groups threatens to stall the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), scheduled to open in Goa next week, has run into controversy.

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.

Vanessa Coleman

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