By Manishaa R
Even as the Indian Panorama Section of the 48th International Film Festival of India, opens today, filmmaker Ravi Jadhav has expressed great disillusionment about his film Nude not being a part of the 21 titles selected by the jury, “I have considered the Panorama section a great platform to share the best of fil-mmaking from over the world. It is unfortunate that I have lost out on the opportunity this year, despite the fact that my film is a very honest and thought-provoking piece of work.” The award winning filmmaker, whose film was abruptly dropped as the opening film of the section, last learnt from filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s statement in the media that his film was incomplete and was therefore disqualified. Refuting the story Jadhav said, “I have been sending my films regularly for the Panorama section every year and five of my films have also been screened. I have a few national awards to my credit and I am well aware how to enter my film for the festival.
The acclaimed filmmaker is yet to learn of the exact reason why his film was unceremoniously dropped, “I learnt from sources that one of the possible reasons for the film being dropped was its title, but if that was the case, the CBFC wouldn’t have cleared the title a month ago.” He feels that the decision was taken abruptly without understanding the true essence of his film, “I would have urged theI & B Ministry to see the film for itself once. I am sure they didn’t see the film before taking the decision,” he says.
“My film is any day better than the blatantly portrayed sex and crudity that we see in some films today. I am very proud and confident of the film and I have no regrets about it,”- Ravi Jadhav
Nude tells the story of a poor young lady who works as a nude model for art students, to support her little child, “She doesn’t regret and feel ashamed about it because the art students only look at her aesthetically while painting her. There is a sense of dignity and respect attached to the woman. The subject does not delve so much into her body as her clean soul and her innocence. There is nothing obscene about it. If the society at large begins to view these models in a similar light like the artists, we will have a completely changed nation. Either way, my film is any day better than the blatantly portrayed sex and crudity that we see in some films today. I am very proud and confident of the film and I have no regrets about it,” Jadhav said.
The filmmaker is now looking at screening the film at all the other major festivals in the world, “I know that my work will not go unnoticed. I want the film to get its due, though I would have liked it to be appreciated at an international film festival in my own country,” he says.