Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani got the two films deleted from those selected by the feature film jury of the Indian Panorma section. One is Marathi film Nude. Other is Malayalam movie Sexy Durga though director changed its name on the advice of the censor board.
Many of the 13 members of the jury have protested in individual mails to the ministry. The jury headed by director Sujoy Bose had viewed 178 to pick 20 for the festival and the two dropped by the ministry were on the top.
The festival was to start with the Nude, but no longer. Some jury members and the director of Sexy Durga said the films could have been dropped merely because of their names and that the content had nothing controversial.
The censor board, which cleared the movie independently of the festival, had suggested the name change, to which the filmmaker agreed as no cuts were suggested.
The jury apparently got to know of the changes from an email sent to them by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), under the information and broadcasting ministry, informing them about the films that would be shown in the Indian Panorama section. A jury member said one of them had apprehended that the authorities could object to Nude and Sexy Durga for their titles and had suggested adding two films as alternatives.
“But the two films were listed as 21 and 22 to indicate that our choice was the first 20 on the list,” the member said.
According to sources, the Assamese film Xhoixobote Dhemalite and the Odiya movie Khyanikaa have replaced Nude and Sexy Durga.