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

30 November 2017, 01:00 | Todd Saunders

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Even as the Kerala High Court gave a nod to Sanal Sasidharan's S Durga for a screening at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, the film has yet again come under the scanner as the regional office of the Central Board of Film Certification on Tuesday wrote to producer Shaji Mathew informing that the certification "will be re-examined" for using a title that was not originally approved.

The CBFC order that Tandon mentioned in the mail stated that the IFFI jury complained that the film's title on the title card was shown by the filmmaker as "S### Durga" rather than "S Durga".

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.

This means the film, cleared twice by Kerala High Court and twice by the festival jury - whose latest approval came on Monday night - can not be screened anywhere in India till the board re-examines it. It appears you have prima facie deliberately violated the Rule 33 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983. The film did not find any space at IFFI 2017 in Goa.

Mumbai-based director and screenwriter Ruchi Narain also confirmed the screening of the film for the jury.

Kala Chalachitra Academy Chairman Kamal said that S Durga will be screened as a mark of protest and political resistance against the Centre's move to prohibit the film's screening at IFFI.

"This is a strong message they are sending out, that filmmakers must not make films that the government doesn't approve of".

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It's do-or-die for the Sexy Durga director. The ministry said that the film had a problematic name, which could hurt religious sentiments and hence denied the exemption.

The makers then approached the censor board, which asked the makers to remove the word Sexy from its title and omit some words from the dialogues in order to get the certificate.

The film was dropped from the screening schedule of the Indian Panorama section of the IFFI along with another film Nude, triggering controversy.

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