IFFI jury chief Sujoy Ghosh resigns

IFFI jury chief Sujoy Ghosh resigns

"I stand with the chairman of the jury. When Ministry tasked with defending freedom of speech and expression becomes it's slayer, it is time for the creative community to revolt against this crude censorship".

Top sources within the ministry spoke to India Today and highlighted that "Sexy Durga" was previously rejected for screening at the 19th Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) festival too that took place last month.

The two movies were selected by a 13-member jury for the Indian Panorama section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) were removed from the final list by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the panel's headed by Sujoy Ghosh.

This has led to the resignation of the worldwide film festival jury chairman and renowned filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh. Ravi Jadhav, who has made Nude said that he would write to ministry asking about this step.

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Director Shyam Benegal, who earlier filed a petition to the I&B ministry to curb the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) power to make cuts to films, says that a move like this is simply wrong.

Reacting to the news, filmmaker Ruchi Narain, who is one of the jury members, told TNM that she is surprised and dismayed by the Ministry's move. We have had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed. Whenever uncensored films are screened, permission has to be taken from the I&B ministry with exemption certificate.

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. 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. Films, as also other creative works, should only be judged by their quality. Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani and another jury member when quizzed on the subject, told Mirror, "It's extremely sad that we were not informed about the exclusion of the films. I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped". "I am not making films for the Indian government".

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.

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