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I&B Ministry drops S Durga and Nude from IFFI Goa without consulting jury

The I&B Ministry has taken it upon themselves to decide the films that will be screened under the India Panorama Section at IFFI, Goa. They dropped Ravi Jadhav's Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's S Durga without consulting the 13-member jury.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 11, 2017 1:55 pm
I&B Ministry has dropped S Durga and Nude from the India Panorama Section at IFFI.

The Information & Broadcasting Ministry, headed by Smriti Irani, has decided to drop Ravi Jadav’s Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga (retitled as S Durga) from the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), that is going to be held in Goa later this month.

Nude, directed by Ravi Jadav, and S Durga, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, were set to be screened under the India Panorama Section at IFFI. Along with these, 24 other films were selected by a 13-member jury. National Award-winning director Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film Nude is the story of survival of a young woman who works as a nude model. The film was all set to screen at the festival but has now been replaced as per the list released by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Malayalam film S Durga, screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, is a dark social commentary that is narrated in an engaging manner.

The switch was apparently made without consulting the 13-member jury. Screenwriter Apurva Asrani who is one of the jury members told indianexpress.com, “I had no idea these films had been dropped till yesterday. I have written to the federation expressing my disappointment as both ‘Nude’ & ‘Sexy Durga’ are important films that present women with utmost dignity and respect. I sincerely hope the ministry reconsiders this move and upholds the decision of the jury.”

The final list of 26 films also includes mainstream films like Jolly LLB 2, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Ventilator, Poorna and Meghnad Bodh Rahasya. The jury is headed by Sujoy Ghosh and also includes Rahul Rawail, Nishikant Kamat, Nikkhil Advani, Apurva Asrani, Ruchi Narain amongst others.

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