After Kerala HC's nod, censors raise red flag on S Durga

Ebony Scott
November 30, 2017

The move comes at a time after the uncertainty over the screening of the Sanal Kumar Sasidharan-directed film in the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which came to a close in Goa on Tuesday.

"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".

Reports suggest that a special screening of S Durga will be scheduled at International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), set to begin in December.

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.

The CBFC communique to producer Shaji Mathew also directs that the film should not be exhibited because of violations under Rule 33 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983. To this Sanal responds, "If IFFI is sitting around waiting for the Festival to be over without showing my film, then it would amount to contempt of court and I'll take legal action against the I & B ministry and the Government accordingly". "You are requested to make the necessary arrangement in this regards under intimation to this office", the regional officer of CBFC wrote. 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.

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Tandon's letter to Sasidharan said: "Following the (jury) screening, certain issues related to the certification of the film with reference to the title of the film were raised".

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"). Interestingly, a film need not have a censor certificate to get screened at a film festival, but the ministry's exemption is mandatory. But Sanal is not convinced about the Festival's intention of actually screening the film.

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

Meanwhile, a protest against the festival's decision is right now being held at the venue of IFFI in Goa.

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