"Sexy Durga", which will release in theatres as "S Durga", is a Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. The Kahaani director gave a confirmation to The Indian Express but refrained from commenting on the development. My film is slotted at worldwide 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. He went on to inform that some jury members have now written to the ministry pointing out that in wake of the chairperson's resignation, they would wish it to reconsider its decision, watch the two disputed films in the same light as the jury had seen them and then arrive at a decision in consultation with the jury. The Ministry made it clear today that not permitting Sexy Durga to be screened at forthcoming IFFI was well within its remit. "But I will file a case in the Kochi High Court", Sasidharan said. Interference with jury decisions a new low. IFFI is a government film festival, Tikoo argued, adding that "only responsibility and accountability" were driving the committee that was managing the festival. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film of the festival.
According to reports, two movies recommended by the Jury- "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" under the Panorama section, were dropped from the final list approved by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. "However, the important thing is that 19 other films have also been chosen whose filmmakers have worked extremely hard to tell some very relevant stories and we need to champion these films along with the films that have been so unfairly left out", he asserted.
Both films have been receiving praises from all quarters, In fact, writer Apurva Asrani, who is also part of the jury had praised the two films a few days back. "I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped", he said. I got U/A certificate. "If the ministry has taken this reason I am sure there must have been a valid reason". "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown".
The national award-winning director also said that it is hard to accept that a selected film is removed from the festival without any explanation, "My film was chosen for this, you can't take away my right". "An worldwide film festival has nothing to do with Indian politics".