Director Sherry, whose film Aadimadhyaantham was removed from the competition section of the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), has rejected a proposal made by the officials of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy to screen the film in the World Cinema section. At an open forum held as part of the festival at New theatre here on Saturday, the director accused the officials of false play in the rejection of his movie.

In a discussion with the Minister in-charge of Cinema K.B. Ganesh Kumar and academy chairman Priyadarshan on Saturday morning, the officials had suggested including the film in the World Cinema section and screening it twice.

“The DVD that was submitted to the selection committee had the subtitled version of the film. If the officials had found any mistakes, no effort was made to inform me about it, and nobody responded to my calls. The compromise offer made was the screening of the film in a section that is totally unacceptable to me,” Mr. Sherry told the media later.

Aadimadhyaantham was removed from the competition section as it was allegedly found to be an incomplete work. Mr. Priyadarshan had said that the DVD was submitted to the jury before the completion of the film. Following this, Mr. Sherry had approached the High Court of Kerala to get the decision revoked, but the court had rejected the plea.

Mr. Ganesh Kumar said an inquiry would be held into the issue and the DVDs of the film would be sent to the Cyber Cell for detailed verification. Mr. Priyadarshan said he appreciated the movie as a director, but was bound to follow the rules of the academy in the selection of the movies. Later, at the open forum, he said he was ready to apologise if any mistake was made by the academy.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Sherry said there had been calculated move by some officials at the academy to ruin the image of the film.