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

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film of the festival. "What Sujoy Ghosh did is a correct thing".

The 13-member jury had selected Ravi Jadav's Marathi Film-"Nude" and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Malayalam Film "Sexy Durga", among the 26 feature films for IFFI's Indian Panorama section. Nude is such a poignant and heartbreaking film.

Nude is a film on models, who pose in the buff for sculptors and artists. "If the ministry has taken this reason I am sure there must have been a valid reason". Vivek Agnihotri, convenor of the preview committee of IFFI, said, "If Sujoy and Apurva are within their rights to resign and Sanal to move court, then even the minstry is within its rights to choose 20 of 22 films selected by the jury". My film is slotted at worldwide festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award. "I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped", he said.

The controversy over dropping the films ' Sexy Durga' and "Nude" at forthcoming International Film Festival may now turn out to be a non-issue.

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 goal".

I&B Ministry released the final list on November 9 and had taken off these two names, which were recommended by the jury. "My previous films were screened there as well". It is heartening to find this support from others in the industry. The movie Padmavati has run into trouble in Rajasthan, with vested interests asking that the film be cleared by them. I wish all the other films good luck. I got U/A certificate.

Both the directors suspect that their films have been dropped from the Panorama because of the I&B officialdom's squeamishness about the titles. It is a celebration of the art of cinema and as such there should be absolute freedom. In a world class film festival, she added, films with adult themes should be there.

In the case of Ravi Jadhav's Nude that was chosen by the jury to be the opening film of the Indian Panorama section, it was denied due to incomplete post-production. One can now only wait and watch how the fallout will affect the festival.

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