The High Court of Kerala has ruled today that director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga is to be shown at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) currently underway at Goa.
S Durga, which was earlier titled Sexy Durga, was allegedly removed from the Indian Panorama even after being selected by the jury. The allegation is that the film was removed from the list at the behest of the Union government because of the film’s title.
The removal of S Durga and the Marathi film Nude from the Indian Panorama had become highly controversial with huge protests coming from across the country.
With the Padmavati controversy creating quite an uproar against creative freedom, the removal of S Durga from IFFI got into the national headlines.
Only Take Off has been selected from Malayalam in the Indian Panorama this year in the feature film category.
An excited Sanal Kumar Sasidharan didn’t hide his excitement. “I usually dont celebrate victories. But this I cant stay away. This is the victory of cinema. This is the victory of our democracy. This is the victory of those people from jury who sacrificed. Cheers India!” says the director if S Durga.