These responses come after the 13-member jury, led by Ghosh, had reportedly included both the movies Sexy Durga and Nude in their recommended list, but they did not find their way in the list passed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Meanwhile, following in the footsteps of chairperson Sujoy Ghosh, editor Apurva Asrani has also resigned from the jury of the IFFI Panorama section against the dropping of the aforementioned films; Vivek Agnihotri counters allegations. "I wept when I saw it". And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school. He went on to inform that some jury members have now written to the ministry pointing out that in wake of the chairperson's resignation, they would wish it to reconsider its decision, watch the two disputed films in the same light as the jury had seen them and then arrive at a decision in consultation with the jury. The first title of the film was Sexy Durga, which had drawn flak from several quarters.
Film S Durga, which has been screened at many global film festivals, exposes the reality of a misogynistic society and captures various encounters of a couple running away in the night. However, it had screened at the festival with a changed name.
"It's something we've never heard of", he said.
Tewari tweeted, "PREPOSTEROUS -that I&B Ministry got two Films dropped from #IFFI2017". The court has already taken the case into consideration, since it is an urgent matter.
It is not just Sujoy who has resigned in protest of this rash move by the I&B ministry. The film had also received 21 cuts for the screening. "If they had any problem with the censorship of the film they should have asked me. But there's always another festival and I will not give up", sighs Ravi.
Jadhav said, in the case of brand new films, the directors submit screeners to the film festivals. Even as a high-decibel coalition of interest groups threatens to stall the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), scheduled to open in Goa next week, has run into controversy.
Rajesh Kumar Singh, a member of the preview committee that selects entries from the Indian Panorama section for the global competition at IFFI, took up the issue of the two films on Twitter. "Though they are legally able to do so, since the IFFI jury comes under their purview, it does not make the move right", he asserts.