After IFFI row over film names, Sujoy Ghosh quits as jury chief

After IFFI row over film names, Sujoy Ghosh quits as jury chief

According to sources, "S Durga" has been rejected by the Kerala government organised "International Film Festival of Kerala" too, and the filmmaker now is organising a parallel screening of his film.

Several Iranian films on homosexuality, a topic which is considered off limits in the country, such as Be Like Others and Circumstances, have made it big at worldwide films festivals like Sundance. On November 9th, the I&B Ministry announced the official list of "feature" and "non-feature" films for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI which did not feature S Durga and Nude.

Reacting to the news, filmmaker Ruchi Narain, who is one of the jury members, told TNM that she is surprised and dismayed by the Ministry's move. He also wrote a letter to the ministry, citing this. "But I will file a case in the Kochi High Court", Sasidharan said. He added that there is a likelihood of the ministry arguing that it was rejected because it was not a technically complete film.

In the midst of the controversy surrounding the resignation of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) jury chairman Sujoy Ghosh, IFFI steering committee member Vani Tripathi Tikoo defended the decision to drop two films from the event and said the decision was made to protect the "sensitivities and physical safety of viewers". "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". And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school. "I respect Sujoy's decision as chairperson, his actions speak volumes, more than words can say. I am very happy and curious to see the reaction of the audience because this is the first time the film will be presented to the people of India", Majidi said. "Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav had told PTI. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown".

IFFI is slated to be held in Goa from November 20 to November 28.

Both the directors suspect that their films have been dropped from the Panorama because of the I&B officialdom's squeamishness about the titles.

Rajesh Kumar Singh, a member of the preview committee that selects entries from the Indian Panorama section for the worldwide competition at IFFI, took up the issue of the two films on Twitter.

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