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IFFI 2017: Following 'S Durga', 'Nude' Removal, Sujoy Ghosh Resigns As Jury Chief

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'Kahaani' director Sujoy Ghosh has always supported contemporary cinema and budding talent without any inhibitions. The popular filmmaker expressed his disapproval for the removal of two inspiring films from the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) by resigning as the 13-member jury chief.

After Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie 'S Durga' and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film 'Nude' were chucked from the fest by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry without intimating the panel, an uproar has started. Following the incident, Sujoy has also stepped down from his position.

However, neither the festival authorities or the celebrated director has not issued any official statement confirming the development but leading daily claims that Sujoy has confirmed about his exit from the fest. Earlier, actress Renuka Shahane also condemned the act and expressed her disapproval on Twitter.

One of the jury members, Apurva Asrani announced the presence of these two regional films in the final list of 26 feature and 16 non-feature films for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI on November 9 which were scheduled to be screened from November 20 to 28 in Goa.

Soon after the announcement, the films were dropped by I&B Ministry without concerning the jury. Both the filmmakers were shocked when the final list of the selected films was released in which the two films were missing. While Sasidharan is disheartened, Jadhav has penned a letter to the I&B Ministry, demanding the reason for his film not making the cut.

Sanal's 'S Durga' has won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 for the intriguing storyline and screenplay. The film beautifully depicts the horrifying experience of two hitchhikers, a man and a woman, at the hands of two men in the dead of the night.

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Jadhav's 'Nude' revolves around the life of a Mumbai girl who secretly works as a nude model. Talking to a leading agency, he expressed, "Give me some reason at least. It was selected as the opening film. It was a big honour. I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped. Nobody informed me about the decision."

Sasidharan hinted at pressing legal charges on the ministry. He said, "They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on purpose. It was a clever move. There's only a week left till the festival and it will be difficult for us to go to the court now. But I will file a case in the Kochi High Court."