Goa IFFI 2017: Dissent to disappointment

Panaji, 29 November: The nine-day film extravaganza that celebrated the best of cinema from India and abroad drew the curtains on Tuesday evening with industry stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Karan Johar and many more at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Mr. Bachchan was awarded the Film Personality of the year award by actor Akshay Kumar and Information and Broadcast Minister Smriti Irani.

The best male actor award was bagged by Argentine actor, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart for his movie ‘Beats Per Minute’, directed by Robin Campillo. However, the best director was won by Chinese director Vivian Qu for ‘Angels Wear White’, a Chinese drama film. Canadian stage and film director, Atom Egoyan was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Apart from all the hype and glamour that the film festival showcased, there were some important lessons learnt, most of which stemmed from budding filmmakers of the India.

Despite the best of efforts, filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan could not have his film screened at IFFI 2017. After vigorous sessions between the Kerala High Court and IFFI 2017 authorities, Sasidharan’s ‘S Durga’ did not reach the audiences at the festival.

Social media users went bonkers over the issue and termed the occurrence as the ‘Death of Democracy’.

S Durga, his Malayalam film, was initially dropped from a jury-suggested shortlist of the Indian Panorama section of the IFFI along with another film Nude, triggering controversy.

Sasidharan’s film received clearance from the Kerala High Court to be screened at the 48th IFFI. However, fresh issues emerged regarding the title card of the film which led to the absence of the film from the screens.

The filmmaker was seen silently protesting at the festival venue.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, he shared his sentiments regarding his work and the treatment that his film received

While the director shared his sentiments over a string of Facebook posts and Tweets, actor Sachin Chatte also protested in solidarity:


By Smita Ganguli with inputs from FirstPost