The Information & Broadcast (I&B) Ministry headed by Smriti Irani have moved to remove two films Ravi Jadav’s Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga (retitled as S Durga) from the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), that is going to be held in Goa later this month.
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 a 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.
However, what is peculiar among all this is that the switch was made without the consultancy of the 13-member jury. Screenwriter Apurva Asrani who is one of the jury members told indianexpress.com, “I had no idea these films had been dropped till yesterday. I have written to the federation expressing my disappointment as both ‘Nude’ & ‘Sexy Durga’ are important films that present women with utmost dignity and respect. I sincerely hope the ministry reconsiders this move and upholds the decision of the jury.”
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.