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Nude is a poignant and heartbreaking film, says Sujoy Ghosh

Ghosh resigned as the jury head after Nude and S Durga were replaced from the selected Indian Panorama line-up for IFFI 2017.


Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh says he was in tears when he saw Nude — one of the two films excluded from the final selection for the Indian Panorama section of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IIFI).

Ghosh has resigned as the section's jury head after Ravi Jadhav's Marathi drama Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's S Durga were reportedly replaced from the selected line-up.

IFFI 2017: Sujoy Ghosh resigns as head of Indian Panorama jury

In a call from New York, where Ghosh is currently on a private visit, he said: "I've resigned from the chairmanship of the IFFI jury after this (the unceremonious exclusion of the two films). At the moment, I cannot say anything more."

Prodded to comment on the merits of the two films, he said: "They are both very accomplished films. 'Nude' is such a poignant and heartbreaking film. I wept when I saw it."

Jury member Ruchi Narain added: "I am surprised and dismayed at the way the two films were dropped. Both the films were stunning cinematic experiences which the audiences at the Festival would have loved."

Nude is about a nude model's dilemmas, while S Durga — originally titled Sexy Durga — is described as a film about how obsessiveness and worship can quickly degenerate in a patriarchal society into a mentality of oppression and abuse of power.

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