Malayalam film Sexy Durga becomes S Durga, and then it gets dropped from IFFI 2017. But what is it all about?

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's S Durga, previously called Sexy Durga, is among the two films which has been dropped by the I&B Ministry from being screened at the IFFI 2017. The other film is Nude.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 7:25 am
Sexy Durga stars Rajashri Despande and Kannan Nair. S Durga was initially titled Sexy Durga.

International Film Festival of India or IFFI 2017 is grabbing eyeballs for more reasons than one. This time, not for the films scheduled to be screened, but rather those which have been dropped from the final list. The festival’s jury had previously included S Durga and Nude in the screening list, but a sudden decision from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to remove them from the selected ones has irked many. The IFFI jury, starting with its head and director Sujoy Ghosh, and now screenwriter Apurva Asrani have rendered their resignations in protest. So, what’s the fuss around these two movies all about?

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie S Durga highlights the patriarchal set-up in Kerala through the eyes of an eloping couple and the horrors they endure on the way. The film stars Rajashri Despande and Kannan Nair and follows a north Indian girl Durga who flees with a boy from Kerala named Kabeer. S Durga reportedly had no screenplay or a written story and was entirely shot in a night.

Sexy Durga stars Rajashri Despande and Kannan Nair. A still from Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie S Durga.

The film’s trailer begins with an eloping couple trying to get a transport to reach the railway station in the middle of the night. Though they manage to get a lift, it turns out that those helping them are actually small-time gangsters who are transporting arms. The film unfolds from the eyes of Durga who witnesses a cross section of society and inter-cutting her journey is a Kerala village which is celebrating the festival of Garudan Thookkam, where devotees of Goddess Kali pierce themselves with iron hooks to get rid of problems.

Watch | S Durga Official Trailer

Initially called Sexy Durga, the film’s name was changed to S Durga by the CBFC while giving clearance with a U/A certificate. The film also received 21 audio mutes but no scene-cuts. Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan had earlier told, “The film is established and known internationally as Sexy Durga. In India, people are free to interpret S Durga in whichever way they like. The agitation against it is nonsensical and I’ve clarified several times that my film has nothing to do with religion. There is nothing against Durga. Anyway the film is very established, even if you make it S Durga, A Durga, B Durga, the film will remain Sexy Durga.”

S Durga bagged the prestigious Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in February this year.

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  1. Aumlān Bishshāsh
    Nov 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    Let the filmmakers make films which are similarly offensive to Islam or Christianity, if they really have the guts.
    1. I
      Nov 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
      Kil the maker of s Durga and also all supporters of this movie shud be shot dead without mercy, Hindus need to be weaponised
      1. John Abram
        Nov 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm
        Actually, what I understand from limited knowledge about Hinduism is that gods and rituals shall be secondary or meaningless since Sanatan is the source and supreme. All souls 'Ataman' comes out of 'Parmaatman' and goes into the 'Maya' or life. The goal of each 'Atman' shall be to return to 'Paramaatman' by escaping the cycle of rebirth. It does not require one be Hindu or follow a Hindu religion (in a traditional way as we identify a Hindu person who worships any or many of Hindu gods). All one needs to get 'moksha' is good deeds and good deeds are nothing but being good and fair to other 'Atmans' whether human, animal, or plant. That's it. All gods and stories, that is why, are mythology. Guru, who may teach you good deeds is ok but no gods. So, Hindu is not a religion and all such gods are non-existent. That is why Hindus in olden days, never cared about such things and that is how all Raam Leelas and other things prevailed. That is changing now as Hindus want to be like others.
        1. S
          Nov 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm
          Those human who practice santana darma are mild,secular in their words and deeds and believe Knowledge is supreme and they were called Bharatiyas.Unfortunately, the mild at ude was taken as Weakness and therefore in this Divine Land which was called Bharath had marauders like Ghory, Khiljis, Mughals, Portuguese and British who p ered and pillaged the practioners of this school of thought and therefore arose militant Hinduism for which the Khangress is also responsible for taking the liberty to assault the Hindus
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            Bishnu Prasad Patnaik
            Nov 25, 2017 at 10:27 am
            Your limited knowledge is dangerous. Either nil or full.Get treated.
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            1. I
              Nov 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm
              This red terrorists always targets Hindus, we have vanish first this bastured red terrorists
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