Ahead of IFFI, script goes haywire
Resignations Flow In Over Dropped Films
Pune: Marathi filmmakers whose works have been selected for the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa are contemplating a withdrawal from the event to protest against the decision to drop director Ravi Jadhav’s film ‘Nude’ from the list of selected movies.
Malayalam director Sanal Kumar, whose film ‘S Durga’ also faced the same fate, filed a petition in the Kerala high court against the information and broadcasting ministry and IFFI officials over his film being dropped from the Panorama section of the festival.
Following this, head of jury Sujoy Ghosh stepped down on Tuesday. He was not willing to speak to media but said on his ‘Twitter’ handle, “My resignation is my statement”.
Another IFFI jury member Apurva Asrani resigned on Tuesday. He sent his letter via email to the IFFI. “I stand with the chairman of the jury. We have had a responsibility towards some sincere films, and somewhere we have failed them,” he told TOI. A still from the movie ‘Nude’ that, along with ‘S Durga’, was dropped for screening at the 48th International Film Festival of India, in Goa
Some artists and filmmakers have decided on a ‘no show’ at the festival while a few plan to stage a protest at the venue.
According to the jury members, Jadhav’s film was chosen as the opening film of the Indian Panaroma section by the festival’s directors. The ministry of information and broadcasting dropped it while announcing the list.
Sanal Kumar said the ministry’s act was “depressing, unprecedented” and has never happened anywhere. “Nobody has dared to alter the jury’s decision till date. The jury members have said the list announced by the ministry was not sent by them and what they saw was a different one.”
Another member of the jury, on the condition of anonymity, told TOI on Tuesday, “The jury members are deliberating over this issue collectively. By Wednesday morn- ing, we will have an answer to the ministry's decision to drop the two films.” There was a team of 13 jury members in the selection committee.
Seven Marathi films and two others, including National Award winning film ‘Kaasav’ and ‘Ventilator’, have been selected in the Indian Panaroma section of the festival.
Director of ‘Kaasav’ Sumitra Bhave said, “If the act has been unjust (by the ministry), then why not all nine Marathi filmmakers come together and collectively withdraw from the festival as a sign of protest? This is a decision that all representatives of the selected films need to take collectively so that the message is loud and clear.”
Actor Jitendra Joshi who has acted in ‘Ventilator’ said, “I shall not show up at the festival if the two films are being dropped from to the line-up.”