Following the controversy over the removal of Malayalam movie, S Durga and Marathi film Nude from the 48th edition of the film festival, IFFI head of jury Sujoy Ghosh gave his resignation on Tuesday morning.
According to the reports, he was asked if he has resigned as jury head in the wake of the controversy, Ghosh said “Yes, but I can’t say anything more than that right now.” The jury submitted its list to the ministry on September 20-21, but the line-up was made public only recently and without the name of the two films, a member disclosed.
The movie S Durga which was earlier titled as Sexy Durga is a road movie that follows the horrifying experience of two hitchhikers, a man and a woman, at the hands of two men and the other movie Nude depicts the struggle of a woman who is secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai.
S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan said he would approach the court after this “clever move” by the ministry. “They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins but they delayed it on purpose,” he said.
Nude director Ravi Jadhav was equally upset. “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,” he said.
Tasleema Nasrin, author of many wonderful books also took her stand on the controversy and tweeted:
IFFI should be boycotted by all juries and filmmakers for removing 2 films from the final selection. Prob is authorities do not like the titles of the films– Nude and Sexy Durga.
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) November 14, 2017