Meanwhile speaking to Mirror on condition of anonymity, a jury member said that till late on Tuesday, the ministry had not reacted to either Sujoy and Asrani's resignations.
In a bid to register his protest against governmental interference, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani) has resigned from his post of jury chairperson. Festival screenings attract audiences of committed cinema-watchers and offer space for experimental and independent films, like Nude and S Durga, whose aesthetics may not have a wider appeal. "Even the scroll detailing cast and crew of the film was not there". We, the jury, worked very hard to select movies.
Not only does this step attack freedom of expression, it also violates Clause 8.5 of the Indian Panorama 2017 Regulation, which clearly states that "the decision of the juries shall be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained". Forget me, they did not even inform the jury about the fact that they had dropped the film! He added that there is a likelihood of the ministry arguing that it was rejected because it was not a technically complete film.
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When asked if he would be attending the festival, Advani said that he was uncertain, as he might have to attend a shoot of a show he is producing.
The I&B ministry had overruled the recommendation of the 13-member jury and omitted Malayalam movie 'S Durga' and Marathi film "Nude" from the 48th edition of the film festival to be held from November 20 to 28, prompting filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh to resign as the head of the jury of IFFI's Indian Panorama section. "At the moment, I can not say anything more".
While 'S Durga', earlier titled Sexy Durga, is a thriller, 'Nude' depicts the struggle of a woman working as a nude model in Mumbai. "Sumitra Bhave's film Kaasav, which won the Golden Lotus, was supposed to be screened at IFFI". If all the directors take this stand, I am sure a pressure can be built and the two films "Nude" and "S Durga" can be included again.
"My film was chosen for this, you can't take away my right. It's wonderful that our country has opened its doors, with the International Film Festival of India, providing a platform to showcase some of the finest films from across the globe". So I don't understand what the controversy is about.