Kerala HC permits ‘S Durga’ to be screened at IFFI
Kochi: The Kerala High Court has permitted screening of the movie ‘S. Durga’ directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Though the movie was already selected to the festival by the jury, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting rejected permission to exhibit. The single bench’s verdict was on the petition filed by the director of the movie.
Jury chairman and some others had resigned in protest over the centre’s decision to pull out the movie from IFFI as opposed to the decision of the jury. The court had directed to screen the copy of the film certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the festival. The screening of the original version prior to certification can be punishable.
The central government had argued that since the festival is held in Goa and the ministry is located in Delhi, the petition is invalid as it does not come under the jurisdiction of Kerala High Court. This was opposed by the claim that the movie is in Malayalam language and it was shot in Kerala. The court evaluated the validity of the petition and whether the case comes under the jurisdiction of the court should be considered simultaneously. The court verdict was on the ground of the petitioner’s claim that Thiruvananthapuram regional office has issued certificate for the film, which is a reason for considering the petition.