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‘S Durga’ Not Screened At IFFI; Parliamentary Panel Wants Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prasoon Joshi To Arrive At A Consensus


Sanal Sasidharan’s S Durga Didn’t Get Screened At IFFI

A week after it was declared that Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga would be screened at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) rejected its screening merely hours before the end of the film festival.

It is reported that the CBFC was originally supposed to examine the U/A certificate given to the film, after complaints arose by the jury with respect to its title. The alleged alteration in the title and the CBFC’s review allowed the organisers to avoid screening the film altogether. The Times of India also reports that the one of the main reasons used for denying permission was because of the title, something that was changed from Sexy Durga to S Durga.

Sanal has lashed out at the jury and the CBFC for curbing the freedom of expression in his case.

Meanwhile, the film festival has come to an end. Here’s a list of the winners:

Best Film: 120 Beats Per Minute by Robin Campillo

Indian Film Personality of the Year: Amitabh Bachchan

Best Female Actor: Parvathy for Take Off

Best Male Actor: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart for Beats Per Minute

Best Director: Vivian Qu for Angels Wear White

Lifetime Achievement Award: Atom Egoyan

Best Debut Film of a Director: Kiro Russo for Dark Skull

ICFT Unesco Gandhi Medal: Kshitij for A Horizon

Special Jury Award: Mahesh Narayanan for Take Off

Parliamentary Panel Wants Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prasoon Joshi To Arrive At A Consensus

A parliamentary committee has reportedly ordered director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi to arrive at a consensus with respect to the film Padmavati. PTI reports that a 30-member committee has also asked producers of the movie and officials of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for a briefing on Thursday.

The film is yet to be cleared by the censor board, considering its release was initially scheduled for December 1. The film’s application for a certificate was reportedly rejected because it was incomplete.

Several right-wing fringe outfits in Rajasthan have opposed the release of the film, particularly spearheaded by the Karni Sena. The protest against the film stems from their belief that Bhansali has distorted history in his film and has portrayed ‘their’ Rani Padmini in an unfavourable light.

Grammy Nominations Out: Jay-Z Tops Nominations


Rapper and record producer Jay-Z leads the Grammy nominations, with eight this year including best album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best rap album.

Following close are Kendrick with seven, and Bruno Mars with six. SZA is 2018’s most Grammy-nominated woman with five nominations, and Khalid, Childish Gambino and producer No ID have five.

The 60th Grammy Awards is set to take place on January 28 in New York.

Check out the full list here.

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