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I&B curtain falls on Nude, S Durga

15 November 2017

Sanal Sasidharan's S Durga has been doing the rounds of various International Film Festival this year and earning critical acclaim.

"A film festival audience has a certain standard and we kept that in mind", she said.

Removing director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's "S Durga" from the list of films for Goa had irked him.

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

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

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan expressed his anger and said that he is planning to approach court "They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on objective". Producer of Sexy Durga, Shahji Mathew himself had earlier agreed to change the title to ' S.Durga' and had even obtained a U/A certificate from the CBFC as early as October 10, but it was the uncensored version Sexy Durga that made it to the list.Festival Director Sujoy Ghosh, who has now resigned, had submitted the uncensored Sexy Durga in feature film category without the Ministry's approval and this seems to have peeved the Information and Broadcast ministry. IFFI is a government film festival, Tikoo argued, adding that "only responsibility and accountability" were driving the committee that was managing the festival.

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Marathi film Nude which explores the chaotic life of a nude model at an art school has now been replaced by Vinod Kapri's "Pihu" as the opening film. "Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav had told PTI.

"Sexy Durga" and "Nude" were dropped despite the jury's decision because of the I&B Ministry's interference.

I&B Ministry released the final list on November 9 and had taken off these two names, which were recommended by the jury.

Disapointed with this decision, Sasidharan has already sent an email to the ministry asking for the reasons behind the "arbitrary removal of the film" and demanding the screening of the movie selected by the jury.

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.

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.

I&B curtain falls on Nude, S Durga