After hurtling past several controversies over censorship, Malayalam film S Durga is set to release on March 23. The film has been doing the festival rounds and won many accolades in international film festivals, including the Prestigious Award of Havos Tiger at Rotterdam.
The film, due to its previous title Sexy Durga, had ran into trouble with the censor board. Now, the film is releasing in select theatres across Kerala will the help of 30 local groups.
The organisers of one such group, Cinemapetti in Pandalam, told Silverscreen, “With such movements from local groups, cinema will have a wider audience.”
S Durga deals with the plight of a young couple who tries to elope and settle somewhere far away from their hometown, but they get tangled with some fundamentalists. The film talks about religion and the projection of women in religion.
Despite getting recognition in various film festivals, it was not allowed to be screened at IFFI-Goa, and also at IFFK.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s previous film Ozhivudivasathe Kali had also faced a similar situation, Malayalam film director Aashiq Abu and his distribution company had released the movie in 2016 at select theatres. Ozhivudivasthe Kali had won the Best Feature Film at the 46th Kerala State Film Awards.
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