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. He also wrote a letter to the ministry, citing this. Both the movies are both stunning cinematic experiences which the audiences of the film fest would have loved.
"The two films which have been picked to replace them were part of the waitlist which the jury itself gave us".
Both the directors suspect that their films have been dropped from the Panorama because of the I&B officialdom's squeamishness about the titles.
Jury member Ruchi Narain added: "I am surprised and dismayed at the way the two films were dropped".
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The ministry asked the producer of the film to seek certification in the normal course from the Central Board of Film Certification. "However, the important thing is that 19 other films have also been chosen whose filmmakers have worked extremely hard to tell some very relevant stories and we need to champion these films along with the films that have been so unfairly left out", he asserted.
About inaugurating the festival Khan says: "As IFFI gets into its 48th year, I look forward to inaugurating the festival and celebrating what I regard in many ways as the future of cinema".
The makers of "Sexy Durga" agreed to change the name of the film, now "S Durga", and beep out some vulgar words, as per the official directive from the EC.
Vivek Agnihotri, convenor of the preview committee of IFFI, said, "If Sujoy and Apurva are within their rights to resign and Sanal to move court, then even the minstry is within its rights to choose 20 of 22 films selected by the jury".
His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films.
Meanwhile, some of the jury members wanted to know what took the government so long to respond on the non-inclusion of the films despite requests from several quarters. "I don't want to take away from the merit of the other films that we select and that are being shown. IFFI is a Government of India initiative".