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Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

Majidi's Film to Open India Festival

Festival screenings attract audiences of committed cinema-watchers and offer space for experimental and independent films, like Nude and S Durga, whose aesthetics may not have a wider appeal. My film is slotted at worldwide festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award.

Tewari took to twitter said, "Preposterous - That I&B Ministry got two films dropped from IFFI 2017". On Tuesday afternoon, National Award-winning editor and a senior jury member, Apurva Asrani too resigned.

Miffed with the ministry's interference and not being kept in the loop, a few jury members had also written to the ministry, expressing their disappointment with its move. The ministry's role in the conduct of the IFFI certainly does not include deciding on the films to be screened. The film festival, that takes place in Goa every year, has been in the news for some of the films that the I&B Ministry has chose to drop from the final list of films that will be screened at the festival. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film of the festival. It's ironic, really, that an industry that has information in its very name should fail to inform everyone involved before taking such a decision.

In a Facebook post, Sanal, who has won global acclaim as a filmmaker, said, "It is a shame that, no one from the Kerala film fraternity or any film activists or any Malayalam media makes any comment against the arbitrary removal of two films from the list of Indian Panorama by the I and B ministry". It explores the life and conflicts of a nude model at an art school.

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According to the petition, the ministry "arbitrarily vetoed the decision of the jury without any authority of law, and excluded the petitioner's film from the Indian Panorama section, without notice to the petitioner, and also without assigning any reason". It was selected as the opening film.

This is the attitude which has prevented India making a bigger splash in global film festivals. "I respect Sujoy's decision as chairperson, his actions speak volumes, more than words can say".

Indian Oscar victor and composer A. R. Rahman and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who collaborated with Majidi for the film, are expected to be present for the screening.


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