The 23rd of March will finally witness the release of controversial Malayali film, ‘Sexy Durga‘, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.
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‘Sexy Durga‘ is poised to hit forty theatres in Kerala after it was banned from being released in 2017 by the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan has made several unsuccessful attempts in the past to get his film released in theatres across the country, and the 23rd of March might be described as a red letter day for all those involved in making this theatrical delight.
‘Sexy Durga‘ is based on the patriarchal setup that is prevalent in the Keralan society. The film starring Rajshri Deshpande and Kannan Nayar explores as well as celebrates the pivotal role played by women in the sociological canvas of India in general, and Kerala in particular. Sanal Kumar has successfully used cinematic tools to put forward his message to the audiences; the imagery is vivid, the symbolism is strong, and the personifications are accurate and meaningful. The film questions the dominating social elements and stirs the inquisitive souls of those who are unhappy with the current schematics of our society.
The film has won the Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival in 2017 at Rotterdam, as well as the Golden Apricot at Armenia’s Yerevan International Film Festival in the category of International Feature Competition, 2017 (making it the first Indian film to win this award). Adding to its silverware, ‘Sexy Durga’ won the Best International Feature Film award at the Guanajuato International Film Festival. The film was also screened at various film festivals across the globe.
The release of ‘Sexy Durga‘ is a shout out to all those artists who are struggling to maintain their originality because of the skewed views of a handful of people. More movies like this deserve to be made, and more importantly, brought to the attention of the masses. After all, ‘veritas cum libertate’, should be the war cry of all artists.
Watch the trailer of Sexy Durga: