Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed that Malayalam film “S Durga” be screened at the ongoing 48th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa — a decision the movie’s team and film fraternity members immediately hailed.
A single bench of the High Court gave the verdict after the film’s director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan approached it over the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to pull out the film from a IFFI jury-suggested list for the gala’s Indian Panorama section.
The court directed that the certified copy of the movie should be screened at IFFI, one of the most prestigious film festivals of the country.
Sasidharan, who has been putting up a fight against the system, told IANS from Brisbane: “I am so happy. This is the victory for cinema.”
On Facebook, he wrote: “I usually don’t celebrate victories. But this I can’t stay away. This is the victory of cinema. This is the victory of our democracy. This is the victory of those people from jury who sacrificed. Cheers India!”
The filmmaker is currently in Brisbane for the 11th Asia Pacific Screen awards (APSA), where “S Durga” — previously titled “Sexy Durga” — is in contention.