Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Fest kickstarted its 20th journey with a bang. Many great films were showcased at the event but there were some films that didn’t see the light of the day as they were backed by people who faced the wrath of the #MeToo movement.
This list includes some shocking names such as Rajat Kapoor’s Ladakh, All India Bakchod (AIB) production Chintu Ka Birthday and Ere Gowda directorial Balekempa.
Many people like director Shazia Iqbal criticized the jury’s decision of banning the films just because one team member of their film was involved in a crime. The filmmaker said that it’s good that we are standing with women but the punishment is affecting everyone and this isn’t justified.
The director of the event Anupama Chopra spoke to the media regarding the jury’s decision , she said: “It (the movement) has forced all of us to look within and ask ‘What could I have done differently? What changes now?’ We come to this edition with conflicted emotions. In solidarity with the MeToo movement, we decided to exclude certain films from the festival. As filmmakers and film lovers, we understand and regret the pain we have caused. I want to personally apologise to all the people we have disappointed. But we are also hopeful that the decision we took – to stand with the women who had the courage to raise their voices – will lead to an environment that is constructive, inclusive and just.”