Movie censorship

Six IFFI selectors write to Smriti Irani over exclusion of ‘Nude’ and ‘S Durga’

Earlier, Sujoy Ghosh, Apurva Asrani and Gyan Correa quit the Indian Panorama body to protest the exclusion of the films from the festival.

The controversy over the exclusion of Ravi Jadhav’s Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga refuses to die down. Six members of the selection committee of the International Film Festival of India’s Indian Panorama section that picked the titles have expressed their concern in a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.

“We find it distressing that the two films were removed without any intimation, discussion or recourse to the Jury which has the final say according to the Indian Panorama Regulations,” wrote filmmakers Hari Vishwanath, Satarupa Sanyal, Ruchi Narain, Suresh Heblikar, Gopi Desai and film critic Sachin Chatte. The festival kicked off today in Panaji and will continue till November 28.

S Durga and Nude were among the 26 films selected by the 13-member committee, headed by filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, for the Indian Panorama section. The final list of films announced on November 9 dropped the two titles without consulting or informing the committee members. Ghosh quit in protest, followed by screenwriter Apurva Asrani and filmmaker Gyan Correa.

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail has been named as the committee’s chairperson in Ghosh’s place.

The six signatories pointed out that they had raised the matter with the Directorate of Film Festivals and the National Film Development Corporation of India, which are organising the event, but they received no response. They expressed concern that the ministry’s move to remove S Durga and Nude would create a “negative image” for such a respectable body. “Nude and S Durga are relevant in terms of larger conversation on gender, as well as on women empowerment which we know you to be a strong advocate of,” the letter said. The communication stressed on the importance of finding a solution since “the issue has more far reaching implications for the sanctity of the system put into place after years of work by the ministry”.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

When did we start parenting our parents?

As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.

From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.

And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.

The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.

In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.

It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.

As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.

Play

To learn more about life insurance plans available for your family, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.