My film is slotted at global 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. But the I and B ministry removed the two films from the final selection of 26 films that will be screened as part of the "India Panorama" section at the festival. Following the announcement, a few members of the jury have criticised the Ministry's decision stating that they were not informed about the change. Meanwhile speaking to Mirror on condition of anonymity, a jury member said that till late on Tuesday, the ministry had not reacted to either Sujoy and Asrani's resignations.
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". Interference with jury decisions a new low. "Sumitra Bhave's film Kaasav, which won the Golden Lotus, was supposed to be screened at IFFI".
Freedom of expression has found itself at a problematic juncture in India, as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has dropped two films passed by the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) jury.
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In a detailed Facebook post, Sasidharan said, "It is a shame that no one from the Kerala film fraternity or any film activists or any Malayalam media makes any comment against the arbitrary removal of two films from the list of Indian Panorama by the I and B ministry". However, it eventually played at the festival after the film was given U/A certificate by the Central Board for Film Certification. "I respect Sujoy's decision as chairperson, his actions speak volumes, more than words can say". It was selected as the opening film.
Both the directors suspect that their films have been dropped from the Panorama because of the I&B officialdom's squeamishness about the titles. Even as a high-decibel coalition of interest groups threatens to stall the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), scheduled to open in Goa next week, has run into controversy.
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".
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