Both the films deal with different subjects.
According to the petition, the ministry "arbitrarily vetoed the decision of the jury without any authority of law, and excluded the petitioner's film from the Indian Panorama section, without notice to the petitioner, and also without assigning any reason". "We are ready to showcase the film at any point". "We're awaiting a response to that mail too", added the member. The film had also received 21 cuts for the screening. "Are they willing to screen it?"
Reacting to the decision taken by the Government of India to ban those movies, veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal backed Ghosh and said that the government should not support those people, who do not want the film to be shown.
The I&B ministry had overruled the recommendation of the 13-member jury and omitted Malayalam movie 'S Durga' and Marathi film "Nude" from the 48th edition of the film festival to be held from November 20 to 28, prompting filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh to resign as the head of the jury of IFFI's Indian Panorama section. However, it eventually played at the festival after the film was given U/A certificate by the Central Board for Film Certification. Earlier titled as Sexy Durga, the title was changed by CBFC and given a permission to be screened as MAMI earlier this year.
But the version that was sent as entry earlier into IFFI was uncensored and the jury had watched and cleared that version. Sasidharan dismissed this as "a mere statement for justifying their illegal action". I will keep trying my luck with other film festivals.
"It's something we've never heard of", he said. Nude came with the rider from the jury itself that it was an incomplete film. "If they override what jury does, their position becomes untenable". We've had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed them. "It is not an arbitrary choice", a senior government official said. He is getting ready to move court against Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in this regard. The court considered the matter for admission on Tuesday and has posted hearing to Thursday for a reply from the ministry.
Apart from Sujoy, the jury also includes Apurva Asrani, Ruchi Narain, Gopi Desai, Rahul Rawail and Nikkhil Advani. Two days later, the chairperson of the jury, Sujoy Ghosh, resigned in protest. We have had a responsibility towards some very honest films, and somewhere we have failed. My conscience won't allow me to participate in the festivities in Goa.