After Kerala HC's nod, censors raise red flag on S Durga

IFFI 2017 won't screen S Durga, cites certification issues

The film that was earlier titled Sexy Durga was granted U/A certificate after the CBFC asked for several modifications and deletions.

A special screening of the controversial Malayalam film S Durga will be held during the upcoming state movie gala, International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram, scheduled to begin next month.

And it is a wrap for International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017. while the closing ceremony of IFFI 2017 in Goa remained a starry affair with celebs like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Huma Qureshi and Siddharth Malhotra attending the ceremony, multiple controversies also kept the film festival in news. It appears you have prima facie deliberately violated the Rule 33 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983.

In a letter dated November 28, the CBFC board said that the certification of the film directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan will be re-examined, citing issues regarding the title of the film.

French movie "120 Beats per Minute", directed by Robin Campillo bagged the award for Best Film in IFFI 2017. "You are requested to make the necessary arrangement in this regards under intimation to this office", the regional officer of CBFC wrote.

S Durga won't be screened at IFFI 2017.

Three members, including the head of the jury panel Sujoy Ghosh, have resigned from their position in protest against the dropping of the two films, while six jury members have written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry raising concerns over the dropping, after they were cleared by the festival jury. Following the court order, a special screening of the film was arranged for the jury on Monday evening.

However, with the CBFC deciding to re-examine the certification of the film, it will not be screened at IFFK either, Sanal said. Our film is not Sexy Durga now, it is Sexy Democracy. The ministry said that the film had a problematic name, which could hurt religious sentiments and hence denied the exemption.

Big B honoured with Indian Film Personality of the Year Award Marathi film "Kshitij - A Horizon" gets the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal... "But for me, getting S Durga the respect it deserves is more important than anything else".

The decision comes on the very day that the prestigious IFFI is set to conclude in Goa.

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