Ravi Jadhav, whose Marathi film Nude has been dropped from the International Film Festival of India, has decided to not take legal recourse in the matter for now.
The National Award-winning filmmaker said he was waiting for the outcome in the case filed by Sanal Sasidharan, whose Malayalam film S Durga too has been dropped by the I&B Ministry, before taking a call. “But now that the hearing has been postponed to Friday, it will be too late for me to move court even if the outcome in his case is positive since the festival begins on November 20,” he said.
Jadhav thinks the title of the film has misled some people. “The subject throws light on the lives of nude models in art schools. The characters are inspired from my conversations with the models at the Sir JJ School of Art during my years there. What else could I have called the film?” he said.
Over the last one week since the controversy about the I&B Ministry’s decision to drop the two films from the Indian Panorama section, the two have received a fair amount of support.
Jury chairperson and filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh as well as two other members have resigned after the films were removed from the list selected by the jury. Most others on the 13-member panel have voiced displeasure at the ministry’s decision, taken without consulting them.
However, sources from the ministry as well as IFFI have said that Nude was disqualified because the film submitted by the director was a work in progress.
Jury member Hari Viswanath clarified that though some post-production work on the film was pending, the festival directorate asked them to view the available copy and told them that if the film is selected, the director will be asked for the completed version.
Jadhav said he was not asked for the final version. “I have made five films before, each of which has gone to multiple festivals in India and abroad. My first, Natrang, was also at IFFI. I know how to submit films for festivals and also to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). I have a different version of the film for the international festivals, with six scenes shot differently from the one for India.”