Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

On the other hand, Nude director Ravi Jadhav has written a letter to the ministry to know the reason for dropping his film from the festival, "Give me some reason at least".

"A film festival audience has a certain standard and we kept that in mind", she said. Somebody from the ministry is intruding and removing some films without knowledge of the jury. The Ministry made it clear today that not permitting Sexy Durga to be screened at forthcoming IFFI was well within its remit.

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan expressed his anger and said that he is planning to approach court "They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on goal".

While the filmmakers lashed out at the ministry for interference and the jury members expressed disappointment, with Sujoy Ghosh resigning as jury chairman, the I and B ministry has now hit back. "My previous films were screened there as well". And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school.

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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. "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". "I respect Sujoy's decision as chairperson, his actions speak volumes, more than words can say. They have asked the I&B ministry to send an explanation for its move and on the basis of this, it will take a decision on Thursday, November 16", explains the lawyer. At that time, while MAMI sought exemption for the film, I and B ministry raised objection and said it "has been receiving several grievances against its title and is of the view that it may affect the law and order as it hurts the religious sentiments, "Durga" being a principle Hindu Goddess". The jury had earlier recommended Nude as the opening film, but then instead of Nude, the film Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film.

This is the attitude which has prevented India making a bigger splash in global film festivals.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sasidharan filed a writ petition in the Kerala High Court on the non-inclusion of his film in the Indian Panorama section.

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