In protest against the exclusion, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, who led the feature film jury, resigned. "I stand with the chairman of the jury". We, the jury, worked very hard to select movies. My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa. I will keep trying my luck with other 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. S Durga's director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan and Ravi Jadhav have expressed shock after the film was dropped from the list and stated that he has sent an email to the ministry asking about the removal of the film.
Not only does this step attack freedom of expression, it also violates Clause 8.5 of the Indian Panorama 2017 Regulation, which clearly states that "the decision of the juries shall be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained". Interference with jury decisions a new low. Meanwhile, Jadhav admitted that he has been in touch with Sasidharan and is following in his footsteps. There's only a week left till the festival and it will be hard for us to go to the court now. "Even the scroll detailing cast and crew of the film was not there. Nobody informed me about the decision", Jadhav had told PTI. "We're awaiting a response to that mail too", added the member. Both the movies are both stunning cinematic experiences which the audiences of the film fest would have loved. Forget me, they did not even inform the jury about the fact that they had dropped the film!
When asked if he would be attending the festival, Advani said that he was uncertain, as he might have to attend a shoot of a show he is producing.
Nude is the film that tells the story of a nude model in one arts school.
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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".
Two other films have now replaced "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" in the IFFI Indian films category.
With IFFI set to open on November 20, such sudden changes to the schedule are bound to make waves, especially since Sujoy had recommended Nude as the opening film.
"Sexy Durga", which will release in theatres as "S Durga", is a Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.
I and B ministry sources tell India Today that it is the final word on IFFI screenings, since this is "restricted viewing for delegates", and not for public viewing that it can not dictate. Government. decided that a couple of films chosen by jury shouldn't be there.