November 22, 2017
The Film has won many international awards such as Hivos Tiger Award 2017.
On Tuesday, the Kerala HC ruled that “S Durga” must be screened at ongoing 48th International Film Festival of India (i.e. IFFI) in Goa, in a setback to Information & Broadcasting Ministry, which vetoed this film after jury selected the critically acclaimed movie directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.
While allowing petition filed by director Sasidharan, the Kerala High Court observed that the writ petition is maintainable & directed the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and Directorate of Film Festivals to exhibit the certified version “S Durga” at the IFFI, which’ll conclude on 28th November.
S.K. Sasidharan contended that despite selection of his film by the jury constituted as per the Indian Panorama Regulations, Information & Broadcasting Ministry had refused to include his film in the film festival.
In fact, the Ministry took the decision without issuing any notice to him & without giving any reason.
He pointed out that the film had received several accolades from film critics & artists & won numerous international awards like Hivos Tiger Award 2017.
It was screened in several international film festivals including the festival of Rotterdam & Golden Apricot Yeravan Film Festival.
He also pointed out that the Chairman of the jury Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as the jury head, reportedly in protest against the Union Ministry’s arbitrary exclusion of his movie, overruling the jury’s decision.
Opposing the plea, union govt. contended that a film not certified by CBFC may only be screened in a film festival after obtaining an exemption from the provision of certification from the ministry.
This film was refused exemption earlier on many occasions also, as the Ministry was receiving several grievances against its title.
The decision was taken apprehending that it may affect the law & order in the Country as it hurts the religious sentiments, Durga being a Hindu goddess.
The centre govt. also argued that the petition isn’t maintainable. But the Court declined to accept it.
Source - ptinews.com