After IFFI row over film names, Sujoy Ghosh quits as jury chief

Sanal Sasidharam

Sanal Sasidharam

The films were dropped despite being selected by the 13-member IFFI jury, a committee ironically formed by the Ministry itself. Her colleague in the jury, actor-filmmaker Satarupa Sanyal, said the chairman should have been informed about the decision to drop the two films. "When Ministry tasked with defending freedom of speech and expression becomes it's slayer, it is time for the creative community to revolt against this crude censorship".

"Sexy Durga is now part of Indian Panorama section at IFFI and will now be exhibited at Goa and across India", Singh, a producer-director, tweeted on November 9, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.

Read Also: S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan moves Kerala High Court against IB ministry decision; Sujoy Ghosh resigned earlier as jury head In a letter to MAMI on September 19, the Ministry had informed that such exemption can not be given to the film as it had received several grievances against its title and it was felt that it may hurt religious sentiments. The panel's head, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned from his post. He also wrote a letter to the ministry, citing this. I got U/A certificate.

Soon after the announcement was made by the Ministry, one of the jury members Apurva Asrani took to Twitter to share his dismay. We have had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed. He added that there is a likelihood of the ministry arguing that it was rejected because it was not a technically complete film. However, I wish all the other fi lms good luck.

The two films were recommended for the Indian Panorama section.

Both the films deal with different subjects. "I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped", he said.

Several Iranian films on homosexuality, a topic which is considered off limits in the country, such as Be Like Others and Circumstances, have made it big at worldwide films festivals like Sundance. "I am not making films for the Indian government".

While S Durga is the story of a couple walking a deserted road with the woman facing harassment from men, national film award winning director Jadhav's Nude is the story of a poor woman who works as a nude model for art students.

"My film was chosen for this, you can't take away my right".