The Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh has quit as the jury chief for the upcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) after the controversial removal of films S Durga and Nude from the final list.
When asked about the decision he refused to elaborate it further.
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. Instead, they should support those who want to show the film.
Shyam Benegal said, “The government should not support those people who do not want the film to be shown. Instead, support those who want to show the film. Government. decided that a couple of films chosen by jury shouldn’t be there. If they override what jury does, their position becomes untenable.”
Adding, “So jury or its chairman will have to resign. If a jury has been constituted and you disagree with their choice, then what is that jury supposed to be doing. What Sujoy Ghosh did is a correct thing.”
The two movies were selected by a 13-member jury for the Indian Panorama section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) were removed from the final list by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the panel’s headed by Sujoy Ghosh.
Film S Durga, which has been screened at many international film festivals, exposes the reality of a misogynistic society and captures various encounters of a couple running away in the night. And the film Nude explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school. The jury had earlier recommended Nude as the opening film, but then instead of Nude, the film Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film.
Apurva Asrani, one of the jury members, had tweeted: “Sexy Durga & Nude are among the best of contemporary cinema. They both present a powerful and empathetic portrait of women of today’s India.”
These responses come after the 13-member jury, led by Ghosh, had reportedly included both the movies Sexy Durga and Nude in their recommended list, but they did not find their way in the list passed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Sexy Durga, which will release in theatres as S Durga, is a Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, while Nude is a Marathi movie by National Award-winning director Ravi Jadhav.