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Manohar Parrikar on IFFI row: 'Nude' doesn't have censor certificate

Manohar Parrikar on IFFI row: 'Nude' doesn't have censor certificate

Ravi Jadhav is now all set to take the legal route against the IFFI's decision to yank his film out.

Ravi Jadhav, whose Marathi film Nude has been dropped from the International Film Festival of India, has made a decision to not take legal recourse in the matter for now.

"What is happening in the last few days is highly disappointing".

Jury member Hari Viswanath clarified that though some post-production work on the film was pending, the festival directorate asked them to view the available copy and told them that if the film is selected, the director will be asked for the completed version.

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In protest against the exclusion, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, who led the feature film jury, resigned. "Nude is a very sensitive film about the male gaze". The Marathi film "Nude", directed by Ravi Jadhav, depicts the struggle of a woman secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai. "This is a teaser of the film "Nude", the film that got striked (struck) out by the Information and Broadcasting ministry thus giving rise to debate and controversy", he wrote. In this legal fight, he's united with Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Sasidharan, whose film S** Durga was similarly yanked out of the fest. I follow the protocol for submission at all film festivals. Catch the video here.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is the chief of a nodal agency for the IFFI, yesterday said "Nude" did not have the censor board certificate.

His film - earlier titled Sexy Durga- is one of the two projects that were among the jury recommended list for the Indian Panorama section of IFFI, but did not make it to the final list, approved by the ministry. "What else could I have called the film?" he said. It is without a censorship certificate, so we can not show it in the IFFI. "The film was part of two festivals, including MAMI in Mumbai and Kerala Film Festival, but it was shown after adequate cuts to avoid any feelings to be hurt". The sources said the National Democratic Alliance government had amended the Panorama guidelines to allow uncensored films for IFFI, something not done before. About three months before IFFI, I sent them a screener of my film, as I was asked to. "I have a different version of the film for the global festivals, with six scenes shot differently from the one for India".