Though the closing ceremony of the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India in Goa was a star-studded affair, the controversy around the screening of S Durga refused to go away. S Durga (previously titled Sexy Durga) was unceremoniously dropped from IFFI, a decision taken by the Information and Broadcast Ministry headed by Smriti Irani. Later, it was declared that Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga would be screened at the festival, however, hours before the closing ceremony it was announced that the film will not be screened. The film’s director termed the controversy around the film’s screening as “total mockery of the democracy”. Despite filmmakers like Majid Majidi attending the film festival, row over the screening of S Durga and Nude raisedserious questionsabout the diktats issued by the authorities.
While the debate will rage on the undemocratic ways of stifling creativity in the country in the name of moral licensing, we take a lighter look at the festival. While the festival started on November 20 in the presence of Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Sridevi, the closing ceremony saw Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.
Here’s a look at the celebrities at the film festival: