"Sexy Durga", which will release in theatres as "S Durga", is a Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.
According to the petition, the ministry "arbitrarily vetoed the decision of the jury without any authority of law, and excluded the petitioner's film from the Indian Panorama section, without notice to the petitioner, and also without assigning any reason". "I have lodged a complaint with the Kerala high court in order to make my stand", he states, decisively.
"I want the ministry to go by the rule and not overlook the jury's decision". Meanwhile, Jadhav admitted that he has been in touch with Sasidharan and is following in his footsteps.
"I am all for creativity but the moment films come into the public exhibition space, their form and reception content change", said Tikoo, who is also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Since the 2016 edition of IFFI uncensored films are allowed to be screened in film festivals. He also wrote a letter to the ministry, citing this.
Several jury members expressed their displeasure over the ministry's move to drop the films from the list they submitted. "How could we give it certificate at this stage?" a senior official added. The absurdity of his actions was highlighted when he sought to chop a Bond film and insisted on extremely clumsy changes such as substituting a cuss word with the expression 'Oh cats.' It is interesting to note that while the I&B ministry is busy deciding what we should or should not watch, other countries with far stricter moral codes have really pushed the envelope when it comes to addressing potentially provocative subjects.
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. 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.
Marathi film Nude which explores the chaotic life of a nude model at an art school has now been replaced by Vinod Kapri's "Pihu" as the opening film. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown". The Panorama jury has the mandate and autonomy to pick films that are worthy of an IFFI screening.