Ahead of IFFI, script goes hay­wire

Res­ig­na­tions Flow In Over Dropped Films

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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.”

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