There has been widespread protests against the selection process of movies to the festival, especially in the Malayalam Cinema Today segment.
Writes Sanal: “Chola has been invited to the Kaleidoscope section in the 24th IFFK. I am much humbled by the invitation but I have sent a mail stating that I am withdrawing the film from the festival, protesting against its overtly biased and unprofessional way of selection process in the Malayalam cinema today section. I believe that, it would be huge irresponsibility from my part to participate in the festival which is openly biased and outdated in its selection process”.
Chola, which was recently shown at the prestigious Venice Film Festival will release soon. The movie has Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan in the lead roles.