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

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"S. Durga is a film that had won recognitions in many global festivals". My film is slotted at global festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award.

Several jury members expressed their displeasure over the ministry's move to drop the films from the list they submitted.

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Soon after the announcement was made by the Ministry, one of the jury members Apurva Asrani took to Twitter to share his dismay. "But I will file a case in the Kochi High Court", Sasidharan said. Her colleague in the jury, actor-filmmaker Satarupa Sanyal, said the chairman should have been informed about the decision to drop the two films. "Sumitra Bhave's film Kaasav, which won the Golden Lotus, was supposed to be screened at IFFI". And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school. The jury had nominated Nude as the opening film, where Sujoy had termed it as a strong feminist film.

Ravi Jadhav's Nude and S Durga by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan - selected for the Panorama by a 13-member jury, are missing from the final list released by the IBM. "But as a jury member I won't be resigning", she stated, pointing out that they spent a month choosing films and while these two did not make it to the final list, there were others films too selected by them.

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About inaugurating the festival Khan says: "As IFFI gets into its 48th year, I look forward to inaugurating the festival and celebrating what I regard in many ways as the future of cinema". It's ironic, really, that an industry that has information in its very name should fail to inform everyone involved before taking such a decision. S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan and Nude director Ravi Jadhav said that they are shocked and disappointed over the removal of their films from the Panorama section. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown".

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

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"Sexy Durga is now part of Indian Panorama section at IFFI and will now be exhibited at Goa and across India", Singh, a producer-director, tweeted on November 9, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.

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