Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

Alicia Farmer
November 15, 2017

After making the right noises at numerous worldwide film festivals, S Durga a film which tells the story of a couple running away in the night and their encounters with sexist people will now not be screened at IFFI. According to Indian Express report, Kahaani filmmaker confirmed the news but without giving any divulging any details about his decision.

Since the 2016 edition of IFFI uncensored films are allowed to be screened in film festivals.

The jury submitted its list to the ministry on September 20-21, but the line-up was made public only recently and without the name of the two films, a member had disclosed.

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan expressed his anger and said that he is planning to approach court "They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on goal. I respect the stand that Sujoy has taken but, more importantly, I am requesting the persons concerned to watch the films in contention and take an informed decision, preferably in consultation with the jury members".

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Not only does this step attack freedom of expression, it also violates Clause 8.5 of the Indian Panorama 2017 Regulation, which clearly states that "the decision of the juries shall be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained". Nude was earlier scheduled to open the festival but now it has been replaced by Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri. "My previous films were screened there as well". "But as a jury member I won't be resigning", she stated, pointing out that they spent a month choosing films and while these two did not make it to the final list, there were others films too selected by them. "I am very happy and curious to see the reaction of the audience because this is the first time the film will be presented to the people of India", Majidi said. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown. I am really disappointed and shocked to hear that it has been dropped", he said.

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".

Indian Oscar victor and composer A. R. Rahman and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who collaborated with Majidi for the film, are expected to be present for the screening.

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