IFFI 2017: Shyam Benegal says Sujoy Ghosh did the 'correct thing' by resigning as jury

FP Staff

Nov,16 2017 11:03:10 IST

The controversy over the Information and Broadcasting Ministry's move to drop the films S Durga and Nude from the 48th International Film Festival of India's (IFFI) Indian Panorama section continues to rage, and now veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal has come out in support of the jury members, that have chosen to resign from the IFFI committee.

The director specifically commended Sujoy Ghosh on his decision to resign as the head of the Indian Panorama.

Shyam Benegal. Image from Facebook/Travel Trends.

Shyam Benegal. Image from Facebook/Travel Trends.

“The government should not support those people who do not want the film to be shown. Instead, support those who want to show the film. The government decided that a couple of films chosen by jury shouldn’t be there. If they override what jury does, their position becomes untenable. So jury or its chairman will have to resign. If a jury has been constituted and you disagree with their choice, then what is that jury supposed to be doing. What Sujoy Ghosh did is a correct thing," said Benegal, according to an ANI report.

Actor Raza Murad also shared his thoughts on the issue. “The jury is an independent body in itself. They know which film is to be shown and which is to be not. If the government has told them to not show some movies, this does not happen quite frequently. But why did this happen? The reason is only known to the government or the almighty,” said Murad, according to a News18 report.

Updated Date: Nov 16, 2017 11:03 AM