But the I and B ministry removed the two films from the final selection of 26 films that will be screened as part of the "India Panorama" section at the festival.
I&B Ministry released the final list on November 9 and had taken off these two names, which were recommended by the jury.
Sanal's film, formerly called Sexy Durga, had run into some trouble even before MAMI film festival. His advocate, Manu Sebastian, told Mirror, "We have filed a writ petition today challenging the decision of the I&B Ministry for excluding our film from Indian Panorama. I have lodged a complaint with the Kerala high court in order to make my stand", he states, decisively. It was disappointing that they were just taken off.
She said the jury included only those films it thought were worthy of cinematic contribution. My film is slotted at worldwide festivals like Berlin and Cannes, but it's always a dream to have one's own country view it and the ultimate goal remains a National Award.
While the filmmakers lashed out at the ministry for interference and the jury members expressed disappointment, with Sujoy Ghosh resigning as jury chairman, the I and B ministry has now hit back.
Jadhav, whose previous credits include critically acclaimed films such as "Natrang", "Balak Palak" and "Balgandharva", said it is hard for him to accept that a selected film has been dropped without any explanation. Nude came with the rider from the jury itself that it was an incomplete film.
Countries all across the world have certification bodies looking at content for public viewing based on its societal influences, she added.
It was an unprecedented move, a jury member said on the condition of anonymity.
"Nude" depicts the struggle of a woman secretly working as a nude model in Mumbai. "They should behave like a democracy, not a dictatorship", Sasidharan told PTI.
"They are supposed to publish the list two-three weeks before the festival begins, but they delayed it on objective".
The film, a road movie that follows the horrifying experience of two hitchhikers, a man and a woman, at the hands of two men in the dead of the night, won the Hivos Tiger Award in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017. "But there's always another festival and I will not give up", sighs Ravi.
Disapointed with this decision, Sasidharan has already sent an email to the ministry asking for the reasons behind the "arbitrary removal of the film" and demanding the screening of the movie selected by the jury.