IFFI Row: Asrani Resigns From Jury; ‘S Durga’ Director Moves Court
Jury chief Sujoy Ghosh had resigned yesterday after the I&B Ministry’s controversial decision to pull out Nude and S Durga from the 48th International Film Festival (IFFI), Goa. Now, another jury member Apurva Asrani has resigned too, while S Durga’s director, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has moved the Kerala High Court against the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and officials for "illegal, arbitrary and unjust exclusion" of his movie from the final selection.
Apurva Asrani is the second jury member to resign after Sujoy Ghosh. The writer told Indian Express:
Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has on the other hand moved court. "I have filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala against this unprecedented, illogical and unconstitutional action taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting," Sasidharan wrote in his Facebook page.
The filmmaker has also acknowledged the support shown by some jury members on Facebook.