Panaji: The Goa State Women`s Commission (GSCW) Friday filed a police complaint against the makers of Bollywood film "Dum Maaro Dum" for making derogatory remarks against women in Goa.
Apparently, GSWC chairperson Ezilda Sapeco was infuriated by a line in the film`s promos, where actress Bipasha Basu says: "Over here (in Goa)....liquor is cheap, and the women are cheaper."
"The trailer itself says that Goa is a destination for drugs and sex," Sapeco said, adding that the film appeared to be in bad taste against the state, as well as the women living in it.
The chairperson has also attached a copy of the film promos with the complaint.
"How can this movie be released in this form? The police and the state government should inspect the film before it hits the screen," she told reporters.
The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court Thursday issued notice to the director and producers of the film and other officials over a petition seeking a ban on the film, scheduled to be released April 22.
"The movie is against public order, decency and morality and there is clear violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India to the people of Goa," petitioner Savio Rodrigues said in his plea.
Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari and Justice F.M. Reis issued notices returnable by April 13 to film director Rohan Sippy, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and Fox Star studios (both producers), Goa`s chief secretary and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson.
Goa Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar has said that he would be taking up the issue of Goa`s bad portrayal in the film with its director.
"We are worried that Goa may be projected badly in the film. The industry and the government have worked very hard to build the reputation of Goa to what it is today. We will intervene. The chief minister (Digambar Kamat) and I will take up the issue with Sippy," Halarnkar said.