Ban on screening of ‘S Durga’ challenged at Kerala HC

KOCHI: The suspension of CBFC certification for the award-winning Indian thriller movie ‘S Durga’ aka ‘Sexy Durga’ has been challenged before the Kerala high court.

The petition was filed by movie’s producer Shaji Mathew and director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan challenging the suspension order issued by the regional officer of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) at Thiruvananthapuram on November 28th.

An order in this regard was issued during the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, from November 21-28th. On a plea by the movie’s director, a single bench of the court had on November 21 ordered for allowing screening of the movie at IFFI and a division bench had declined to stay such a directiv e.

Through the order issued on November 28th, which was the last day of IFFI, the CBFC had suspended the film’s certification and had prohibited its further public exhibition.

‘Sexy Durga’ is the first Indian movie to win the Tiger Award for budding filmmakers at the International Film Festival Rotterdam since the award was constituted in 1995.

Questioning CBFC’s order, the producer and director of the movie alleged that censor board has no power under the law to issue an order as the present one. The power to suspend a certification is conferred only on the central government and the regional officer of CBFC cannot exercise such power, it is alleged.

The petitioners are seeking a court declaration that the film is entitled to be exhibited in public, in theatres, as well as in film festivals on the basis of a CBFC certificate issued earlier. The suspension order issued by CBFC regional officer is also sought to be quashed. An admission hearing on the petition is expected on Tuesday, when the court would hear on issuing a stay on the CBFC suspension order.

Article source: Legal News

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