After quite a few controversies and hurdles, Malayalam film S Durga finally gets a go ahead from the CBFC without any cuts. The censor board has given a U/A certificate to the film and can now be screened at any film festivals. The revising committee of the CBFC has given its approval to the film today which will be a huge sigh of relief for the makers. Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan said that he is happy with the decision and finally will be able to screen it anywhere. “They did not find anything wrong with the film. It is clear now that all that happened was done on purpose,” Sanal Kumar told a leading news agency. S Durga was marred with controversies after it was dropped from the International Film Festival last year in Goa from screening. However, the director, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, approached the Kerala High Court regarding this and finally gets a favourable decision from the court.
The director has been fighting hard for the film’s clearance from the censor board since November last year and gets a relief now. “‘S… Durga’ represented this country at more than 50 film festivals across the globe and won 10 international awards for India and after all this hungama, our own film festival is treating the film as a hostile film and the filmmaker as an enemy. This is pathetic,” Sanal had said when IFFI jury dropped the film from screening in the last minute.
The film was in the news last month when it was refused censor exemption to be screened at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry concluded it may affect the law and order as it hurts the religious sentiments. But Sasidharan fought for the censors’ nod, reserving his right to screen it at the gala as well as release the movie in theatres. S Durga, starring Rajshri Deshpande and Kannan Nayar, is described as a film about how obsessiveness and worship can quickly degenerate in a patriarchal society into a mentality of oppression and abuse of power.