All you need to know about Sexy Durga, the Malayalam film that was dropped from IFFI


In what is being seen as yet another instance of governmental censorship of creative expression in film, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (IFFI) has refused to exempt two films – Malayalam film Sexy Durga and  Marathi film Nude from the 48th edition of the film festival. Although initially the jury had submitted the list to the ministry on September 20-21, but when the line was made public, these two films were suspiciously missing from the list, leaving a disappointed IFFI chief Sujoy Ghosh with no choice but to resign from the post. S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan and Nude director Ravi Jadhav too are reported to be extremely shaken over the removal of their films from the Panorama section. Also read: Sujoy Ghosh resigns as jury chief of International Film Festival of India after Nude and S Durga were removed

For all those who are clueless as to why has S Durga been banned? Here’s a quick gist on the film for you to decide if at all it even violates/hurts any sentiments. So Durga is a strong feminist film that stars Rajshri Deshpande as Durga opposite Kannan Nayar. The plot basically revolves around a North Indian migrant and a Keralite youth named Kabeer, running away on a midnight. They are waiting for a transport to reach the nearest railway station and catch a train to a distant place. However, two small time gangsters, transporting arms, offer assistance to the couple. The hapless “Durga” encounters a cross section of the society through the rest of the night. Parallel to the journey of Durga, another mysterious event inter-cuts in the film. In a Kerala village, devotees perform ‘Garudan Thookkam, a ritual art form submitted as a reward for the problems solved in the abode of Goddess Kali, who represents Goddess Durga’s personified wrath & embodied fury.”

The film was screened at several film festivals across the globe and also won over 9 awards, yet it’s looked down upon by the IFFI. Do you really think a film like this that focuses on a woman’s struggle, should be banned just because it’s title says “Sexy Durga”? You can draw your conclusions in the comments below and keep watching this space for more updates.


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