Wept when I saw 'Nude': Sujoy Ghosh

Wept when I saw 'Nude': Sujoy Ghosh

The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has rejected two films from being screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that is to commence on November 20 in Goa. "I stand with the chairman of the jury". On Tuesday afternoon, National Award-winning editor and a senior jury member, Apurva Asrani too resigned. "If they had any problem with the censorship of the film they should have asked me. Each one has been made with a lot of love". Lauding Sujoy for his courageous act, Sasidharan took to the social media to inform, "I am also doing my bit, I have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala against the unprecedented, illogical and unconstitutional decision taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting".

While Sexy Durga's struggle to release in India continues, the film has already received critical acclaim overseas, even winning the prestigious Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. "An worldwide film festival has nothing to do with Indian politics". The jury had earlier conveyed to the ministry that an explanation must be provided for every film removed.

Reacting to the decision taken by the Government of India to ban those movies, veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal backed Ghosh and said that the government should not support those people, who do not want the film to be shown. "Even the scroll detailing cast and crew of the film was not there. Nobody informed me about the decision".

In case of Nude, the ministry stated that the film was technically complete and hence it was replaced.

Jury member Ruchi Narain added: "I am surprised and dismayed at the way the two films were dropped".

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Noted filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as the jury chief for the upcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) after the controversial removal of films "S Durga" and "Nude" from the final list.

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 was selected as the opening film.

While 'S Durga', earlier titled Sexy Durga, is a thriller, 'Nude' depicts the struggle of a woman working as a nude model in Mumbai.

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.

Meanwhile, some of the jury members wanted to know what took the government so long to respond on the non-inclusion of the films despite requests from several quarters.

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