S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan says, IFFI has changed a lot


“Earlier, IFFI used to be the festival of cinema. “I am a creative person, have no habit of dealing with court and all this is affecting my peace of mind and ruining my focus on the upcoming project,” he said. Top News
VIDEO: Bride and groom exchange SNAKE garlands; this bizarre wedding clip's going viralPIL to remove encroachments: Can Hanuman statue be airlifted to fix traffic, asks Delhi High CourtBeat winter blues with soft fabrics at homeDirector of film “S Durga” Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, who moved the Kerala High Court after his film was dropped from the final list of 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), has apparently lost interest in screening of his movie at IFFI even if the court grants permission. “We are living in a country that has diverse religion, region, culture and sentiments. “I think artistes should be given freedom to express their opinion and thoughts through their work, or else they will become the pleasers of government and they will go singing around the songs hailing their political agenda… How will democracy survive then?”

The film community was feeling a threat and facing a challenge on practising the basic right of freedom of expression, especially after the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”, Sanal pointed out. “They said off-the-record that whatever the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has done is not right… I am hoping for justice.”
Sanal, upset with the sequence of events over the past a few days, said he had been forced to run around the court and interact with the media, telling them what was latest regarding rejection of his film. It should be the film festival of India and not of BJP or any ruling government, but that’s what is happening now.”
According to him, a single-judge bench will hear his case on Monday. 2017-11-19T10:42:39+00:00″>
Published:November 19, 2017 10:42 am

S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, upset with the sequence of events over the past a few days with IFFI, said he had been forced to run around the court and interact with the media, telling them what was latest regarding rejection of his film. I think we should sensitise people to open up their heart instead of stopping creative people to air their opinion,” he added. Asked whether his film would be screened if the court gives the go-ahead, he told IANS on Saturday: “I don’t know if my film will be screened there (IFFI), because it is not anymore the film festival it used to be. “So, as filmmakers, who all are the people we should be caring about?” Sanal threw a poser. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd But now the festival is organised by a government that represents a political party … every decision reflects their agenda. There are fringe groups who are saying if we are making films on XYZ, it will hurt their religious or cultural sentiments. “I know people talk about using creative liberty in a responsible manner, but what does that even mean?