Suing IFFI for contempt of court: 'S Durga' director, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

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The festival is now going on, and it remains to be seen whether the film will actually be screened or not. Sasidharan moved the Kerala High Court against the decision on November 14, and when his case did not come up for hearing by the single bench on November 16, he filed a writ petition with the Division Bench of the Kerala HC.

Speaking during the inaugural, filmmaker and president of the Federation of Film Societies of India, Kiran Shantaram said: "In context to the topic of discussion, to have a festival individually is a very hard task". Relieved over the recent turn of events, Sanal took to Facebook to share the happy news saying, "I usually don't celebrate victories". This is the victory of cinema. This is the victory of those people from the jury who sacrificed. "I strongly believe if our respected I & B Minister (Smriti Irani), who is an empowered woman herself, watches the film, she will go all out to support it".

"We are ready. We have given an application today seeking to know when we will be allowed to screen at IFFI along with a copy of the Kerala High Court order". The government is openly challenging the judicial system also. There was no response from festival director Sunit Tandon despite several attempts to reach him. This is totally unconstitutional, I am going for contempt of court. "Where this country is going to".

S Durga, formerly named Sexy Durga, had also got into trouble with the Central Board of Film Certification over its name, before it screened at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) Festival. Besides this film, yet another regional language film that has faced a similar situation is Ravi Jadhav's Marathi social drama Nude.

According to the Newspaper, But Tandon refused to give in."The film is already at Iffi, but we have not received intimation about its screening, despite the high court directives".



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