Suing IFFI for contempt of court: 'S Durga' director, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan


Suing IFFI for contempt of court: 'S Durga' director, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

The movie's lead actress Rajshri Deshpande told IANS on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that it was frustrating to be at the gala and not be able to watch the movie despite a clear judicial direction.

Panaji, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the director of the Malayalam film "S Durga", today said he was going to sue the IFFI administration for contempt of court, claiming that it was "evading" the Kerala High Court's decision that the film be screened at the ongoing festival.

The letter, along with the court order, was handed over to Tandon by Nayar.

Earlier, the HC had ordered the screening of the movie at the Goa Film Festival against the move by the Central Government with political motives to not allow the movie at the festival. "We have won the best of awards around the world in different festivals and I am so disappointed that our film is not being screened here".

"We didn't get any information from the I&B ministry". However, Tandon refused to respond. "I was asked to get in touch with the IFFI officials regarding this", he said. "We don't know anything more", Rajshri told PTI. Apart from S Durga, Ravi Jadhav's Marathi film, Nude, also faced the axe. "Films like S Durga that make a strong case for women's safety, while also using ingenious storytelling methods, are hard to come by".

Sasidharan had yesterday said they would file a contempt of court but the decision is on hold as their lawyer told them that the ministry may go for a stay order on the decision.

On Nov 21, news about the Kerala High Court having directed the Ministry of I&B and IFFI to screen director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan "s "S Durga" surfaced.The film was initially dropped from the Indian Panorama section by the Ministry citing "law and order issues".

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