Manish Tewari slams government for interfering with jury’s decision

New Delhi: Slamming the government for its ‘interference’ ahead of 48th IIFFI, Information and Broadcasting former Minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday termed it as a new low.
According to reports, two movies recommended by the Jury- “Sexy Durga” and “Nude” under the Panorama section, were dropped from the final list approved by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Tewari took to twitter said, “Preposterous — That I&B Ministry got two films dropped from IFFI 2017. Interference with jury decisions a new low. When Ministry tasked with defending freedom of speech and expression becomes it’s slayer, it is time for the creative community to revolt against this crude censorship.”
The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is scheduled to take place later this month in Goa.
The 13-member jury had selected Ravi Jadav’s Marathi Film-“Nude” and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam Film “Sexy Durga”, among the 26 feature films for IFFI’s Indian Panorama section.
Sujoy Ghosh appointed head of Jury for feature films at the IFFI resigned on Monday.
He confirmed the Ministry’s development but said: “I can’t say anything more than that right now.”