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Kerala high court directs IFFI to screen Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's S Durga

The Union information and broadcasting ministry had removed the film from the list suggested by the IFFI jury for the Indian Panorama section.

A still from S Durga


A single-judge bench of the Kerala high court today directed that Malayalam film S Durga be screened at the ongoing 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

The court gave the direction after the film's director, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, approached it following the Union information and broadcasting ministry's decision to pull the film out of the list suggested by the IFFI jury for the Indian Panorama section.

The court directed that the certified copy of the film be screened at IFFI, the country's biggest and most prestigious film festival.

Sanal Kumar, who has been putting up a fight against the system, told the IANS news agency: "I am so happy. This is a victory for cinema."

Sanal Kumar also posted a statement on Facebook: "I usually don't celebrate victories. But this I can't stay away. This is the victory of cinema. This is the victory of our democracy. This is the victory of those people from jury who sacrificed. Cheers India!"

The filmmaker is currently in Brisbane, Australia, for the 11th Asia Pacific Screen awards (APSA), where S Durga — previously titled Sexy Durga — is in contention.

Expressing happiness for the film, popular Malayalam director Kamal, also chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, the state-owned body that organizes the International Film Festival of Kerala, said it was strange that the film was pulled out after the jury had chosen it.

"One fails to understand why creativity has to face numerous stumbling blocks after conceiving a film and then going through the shooting and post-production drills... To get it screened, one has to approach the court. This does not augur well," Kamal said.

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