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After no show at IFFI, Sanal's film to be screened at IFFK

After no show at IFFI, Sanal's film to be screened at IFFK

Morocco-born French director Robin Campillo's drama film 120 BPM won the coveted Golden Peacock Award at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which concluded in Goa on Tuesday evening.

"The U/A certificate was granted to you subject to certain excision and modification which included the change of title from Sexy Durga to S Durga and deletion of certain vulgar words".

After Sasidharan petitioned the Kerala high court, the court directed IFFI to screen the film at the festival, after a censored version of the movie was screened for the jury.

The board accused Sanal of "deliberately violating" Rule 33 of the Cinematograph Act (Certification) Rules, 1983 and added that the invocation of Section 5E (1) (i) of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 may be considered.

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. "You are requested to make the necessary arrangement in this regards under intimation to this office", the regional officer of CBFC wrote.

"I will challenge this CBFC order and file a case of contempt-of-court against the festival directorate and the (I&B) ministry as they delayed the jury screening till the penultimate night of the festival so that I was left with no time to seek a review of the government's decision", he said.

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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. Minutes ago, the film's director Sanal Sasidharan was informed over an email by IFFI director Sunil Tandon that the film will not be screened.

Letter by CBFC to the producer of S Durga.

The objection was that instead of renaming the film from Sexy Durga to S Durga, the filmmakers had blurred out the last three letters of "Sexy" with hashtags ("S### Durga"). The ministry said that the film had a problematic name, which could hurt religious sentiments and hence denied the exemption. The title was then changed to "S Durga" and the required changes were also made.

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Closing ceremony of IFFI 2017.