No screening of Husain`s film at IFFI

Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 13:32 PM IST

Panaji: Bowing to pressure from rightwing Hindu groups, organisers of the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) deferred the screening of legendary artist M.F. Husain`s documentary.

Speaking to reporters Sunday, IFFI director Shankar Mohan said the screening of "Through the Eyes of a Painter" was a homage by the film fraternity to the late artist.

Mohan said the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) had told them that a case regarding the documentary was pending in court. "We do not want to do anything illegal, so we are taking a legal opinion," he said.

The documentary had won the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin film festival.