Jury to see censored version of S Durga

Jury to see censored version of S Durga

The censored version of Malayalam film S Durga will be screened for the jury of the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Monday.

IFFI Panorama jury head Rahul Rawail confirmed the news.

One of the members, Ruchi Narain said IFFI authorities had informed the panel about the screening to be held on Monday.

"We have been informed that tomorrow (Monday) we will be seeing the film in the evening. The festival wants to us to view the recently submitted censored version of the film," Narain told PTI.

The controversy-ridden S Durga received a U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification, along with no cuts and 22 mutes.

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan had moved Kerala High Court after the movie was pulled out from the Panorama by the information and broadcasting ministry.

In a relief to the filmmaker, the ministry was ordered by the court to screen the movie at the movie gala, which closes November 28.

Sanal, who reached here last night after attending Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, said he tried meeting IFFI director Sunit Tandon to discuss when they plan to conduct the screening of the film but had to wait for a long time to get through him.

The filmmaker told PTI he had submitted all the required documentation as demanded by the festival authorities yesterday but is still unsure if the movie would be shown at IFFI.

He had produced the censored version of the movie in 35mm print, along with a copy of the censor certificate and two DVD copies to the festival.

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