The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is to be held in Goa, is only days away and is making quite a few headlines – but for all the wrong reasons. After we told you about the Smriti Irani headed I&B Ministry took down two of the films selected by the 13 member jury for the Indian Panorama section without the knowledge or consent of the jury itself, there has been a new development to the story. And a big one.
According to fresh reports, the head of the panel Sujoy Ghosh has now put in his papers from the post of jury chief. The Kahaani filmmaker confirmed this news according to The Indian Express, however, he refused to divulge any details. Enraged by his film being removed, Sasidharan has already sent a mail regarding the “arbitrary removal of the film” and demanding the film be screened that was selected by the jury. Jadhav also plans to write to the ministry, too for Nude being removed from the list of films to be screened at IFFI.
Along with Rajiv Jadav’s Nude and Sanal Kumar’s S Durga, 24 other films were set to be screened under the Indian Panorama Section. These films were selected by the 13-member jury for the screening at the film festival. Ravi Jadhav, who is a National Award-winning director, had his Marathi film Nude set to be screened at the film. It is the story of survival of a young woman who works as a nude model. However, his film was later replaced as per the list submitted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The other film that got the sack, the Malayalam film S Durga, was also screened at the Jio MAMI film festival in Mumbai. The film is a social commentary that is narrated in an engaging manner.
The 13-member jury is headed by Sujoy Ghosh and also includes Rahul Rawail, Nishikant Kamat, Nikkhil Advani, Apurva Asrani, Ruchi Narain amongst others. The final list of 26 films also includes mainstream films like Jolly LLB 2, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Ventilator, Poorna and Meghnad Bodh Rahasya.