The Information & Broadcasting Ministry, headed by Smriti Irani, has made a decision 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. Film lovers hoping to catch Ravi Jadav's Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Sexy Durga (retitled as S Durga) at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa, later this month, will have to content themselves with watching their replacements, which have been chosen by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry.
Marathi film "Kaasav", which won the Best Feature Film Award at the 64th National Film Awards, was given a direct entry into the list, it said. 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.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani got the two films deleted from those selected by the feature film jury of the Indian Panorma section.
Jadhav says he can't have another title for the film as Nude is apt for the subject. Read Also: Gulzar's film Libaas to hit theatres after 29 years Ruchi Narain, a member of the IFFI jury, told Mirror, "The final list that has come out does not match the list we submitted". Malayalam film S Durga, screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, is a dark social commentary that is narrated in an engaging manner.
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An email regarding the approved films received by the jury members from the Ministry on November 9 had no mention of Nude and S Durga. The first time it was a retrospective of my earlier films and this time, it's for "Beyond The Clouds".
The I&B Ministry spokesperson and the Festival Director of IFFI did not respond to messages enquiring about the reason for Nude being dropped.
" S Durga and Nude are among the best of contemporary Indian cinema".