Dum Maaro Dum on Goa!
While the government, the police department and Travel Tourism Association of Goa has taken a serious cognizance of the Rohan Sippy’s new movie ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, GoaChronicle.com highlights the issue around the movie and some facts about the movie especially the list of Hollywood producers of the movie which has not yet come to light… Rohan Sippy’s forthcoming movie ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ is a thriller set in the backdrop of scenic locales of Goa. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Prateik Babbar, Telugu star Rana Daggubati and Aditya Pancholi, the story deals with gangsters and drugs. Deepika Padukone does a cameo in a sizzling avatar and will be seen grooving to the title track, which in fact is the remix version of the classic song ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ picturised on Zeenat Aman in Dev Anand now iconic film ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’.
Here is the official link to the trailer of Dum Maaro Dum – http://www.apunkachoice.com/content/article/sid100004662-first_trailer_sex_drugs_and_death_in_dum_maaro_dum/
The Hollywood Angle
While Ramesh Sippy Entertainment is one of the producers of the movie; Fox Star Studios is the main producer of the movie. Fox Star Studios Pvt Ltd is an India-based movie production and distribution company, a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and STAR India, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
Amongst the other producers is the company Louverture Films LLC – whose co-founders are Danny Glover – most remembered for his role as Mel Gibson’s partner in the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series and Joslyn Barnes. Another production company is Cheyenne Enterprises LLC – whose co-founder is Bruce Willis – famous for the ‘Die Hard’ series and many more movies as well Arnold Rifkin. This is the first time both the production companies have come to together to fund a Bollywood movie.
The Hollywood producers’ attachment to the movie indicates that movie is expected to have a global release. And the expected viewership of the movie will be considerably high, with it the possibility of more viewers seeing Goa in a light that highlights only what is bad in Goa.
The Story and Characters
Goa! Paradise on Earth. But every Paradise has a few snakes. Multiple lives collide brutally one day at Goa Airport… and change forever.
ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan)
A self destructive cop fleeing his own past, Kamath is given the job of destroying the brutal local and international drug mafia in Goa. As he begins his ruthless, relentless campaign and takes on the murky drug world… he discovers nothing is what it seems.
Lorry (Prateik Babbar)
A student on the verge of following his girlfriend to a US University, but when his scholarship gets rejected, his life threatens to spiral out of control, until he meets a smooth talking hustler who promises to get it back on track. For a small price that of his soul.
DJ Joki (Rana Daggubati)
A local musician and mute spectator to what is happening around him, Joki drifts aimlessly through life after an encounter with the drug mafia cost him everything he held dear. Today he discovers history has a nasty habit of repeating itself. Will he finally have the guts to take a stand?
Zoey (Bipasha Basu)
An aspiring airhostess who saw her dreams turn to dust; Zoey in a way represents Goa itself. A child of the hippy generation, a mix of local and foreign culture, innocence and beauty has gradually been replaced by cynicism and abuse.
Lorsa Biscuta aka the Biscuit (Aditya Pancholi)
A ruthless local businessman, the Biscuit has his finger in every Goan pie, legal or illegal. The point person between all the various Mafias operating in Goa, the Biscuit finds himself pushed to the extreme limit with Kamath’s arrival. But he knows who to turn to:
A mysterious shadow
The ultimate drug kingpin. Many names, many identities but no one knows who he is….
The movie showcases the by-lanes, beach shacks and raves of Goa with Lorry as his life spirals out of control, with Joki as he tries to redeem the past and with Kamath as he goes on no-holds-barred after the mysterious shadow figure behind it all…
Punctuated with a soundtrack that moves from pulsating dance tracks to haunting Konkani songs, shot right in the midst of the teeming international tourist hotspots, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ is supposed to take takes you on a dramatic, thrilling trip filled with twists, turns, suspense… and a shocking finale!
Goa government’s ire
The promos of the film have upset Goa’s Chief Minister, who called for an immediate press conference last week regarding the film.
Digambar Kamat has asked Goa police to submit report about DMD as it portrays Goa in a bad light. DMD deals with drugs, sex and sleaze in a beach resort. It is also believed that Goa tourism industry has expressed displeasure and is concerned that the film might create bad publicity and affect the tourist inflow.
Considering the latest developments, Sippys will have to show their film to Goa police including Goa tourism at the earliest to avoid any further problems. When we contacted the publicist of the film she informed that makers of DMD aren’t aware about it.
Tourism industry’s opinion
“The censor board should cut off the objectionable parts, if the film portrays the state in bad light,” Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) president Gaurish Dhond said.
He said that Goa cannot afford to have bad publicity as it will affect the tourist inflow, which is the major economic activity in the state.
Dhond, admitting that he is yet to see even a promo of the movie, said that a negative depiction of the state could harm the image of the state as a tourist destination.
“Goa has been built as a tourist destination over the years. You cannot allow some film to condemn it overnight,” he said.
Tourism industry in the state has recently taken a hit with Sri Lanka and Malaysia emerging as popular alternatives.
“Why is only Goa being projected in bad light? We are facing enough of competition from other destinations. Drug abuse, rapes are being highlighted in a big way which is spoiling the repute of the state,” Dhond said.
“British teenager Scarlet Eden Keeling death case was hyped so much that people started feeling that our beaches are unsafe, which was not true at all,” he said adding that filmmakers should portray the actual truth.
Prominent Goa-based filmmakers’ views
Filmmakers though, took a more realistic view than their tourism counterparts. Award winning filmmaker, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, said there should be no hassles if a movie is based on true issues without exaggeration.
National award winning Goan filmmaker Rajendra Talak also echoed Shetgaonkar’s opinion. “True facts should be made known. If DMD is based on facts, it should not be opposed. He goes on to add “Such petty things should not thwart Goa’s image. But if Goans feel that DMD shows Goa in a bad taste, instead of launching an agitating that will give the movie nationwide publicity, they should not go to theaters. Let there be zero collection from Goa for DMD”, he remarked.
Goa’s portrayal in Hindi films has bordered on the embarrassment. As Talak said “Hindi filmmakers keep labeling a character as Pedro who is a drunkard. Actually, outsiders booze in Goa and fall on the roads whereas Goans are still in their conscious state”.
But ‘Dum Maro Dum’ goes beyond the innocence of Bobby. It is about the Goa of today as real in it’s beaches and music as of it’s underbelly and underworld, it’s drug trade and it’s prostitution rackets. It’s not a pretty picture but it’s also a real snapshot of the Goa canvas.
This is a snapshot which doesn’t paint a pretty tourism picture. The Tourism Director Swapnil Naik said that the Goa Government should look into the matter to ensure that it is not an exaggerated portrayal of Goa.
‘Dum Maaro Dum’ is expected to be released on April 22, 2011. The world will get to see the Bollywood depiction of Goa. However, while like most Bollywood movies borders on sensationalism; the question is whether the global audience will see Goa as hub of drugs and sex or will tourism continue to grow in Goa for its true beauty.