Chief Minister Digambar Kamat revealed that he has sought a report on Rohan Sippy’s movie Dum Maro Dum which is reportedly based on the drug trade in Goa. Mr. Kamat’s action follows a demand from the tourism industry expressing fears that the movie might show Goa in a bad light which would affect the trade.
While stating that the Goa Police have sought information on the movie before it is released, Mr. Kamat said he has also sought a report from the police to ensure that Goa is not projected in bad light in the movie.
In the last couple of years, Goa and Goa Police in particular have attracted a lot of negative publicity for their misdoings. The murder of the British teenager Scarlett Keeling whose death was initially registered by the police as an unnatural death and was subsequently registered as a murder after the girl’s mother protested hit international headlines as it involved the drug trade in Goa and the politician and police connection with drug dealers.
Dum Maro Dum is reportedly inspired by this incident.
Subsequently, the police drug dealer nexus in Goa was exposed by Lucky Farmhouse, the ex-girlfriend of Israeli drug dealer Atala and more recently another drug dealer Dudu’s girlfriend and sister carried out a sting operation exposing Police Sub-Inspector Sunil Gudlar who was in charge of the Anti-Narcotic Cell selling drugs.
Apparently, the authorities in Goa are worried that this ugly underbelly of the Goa Police will be revealed in the movie which has Abhishek Bachchan acting as a Goan police officer.
President of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa Gaurish Dhond demanded that the Censor Board should delete sections in the movie that aim at showing Goa in a bad light and added that the State cannot afford bad publicity as it will affect the tourist inflow.
However, he admitted that he has not even seen the promo of the movie but insisted that Goa cannot afford any negative publicity as it is facing stiff competition from Sri Lanka and Malaysia as an international tourist destination.
The film director Ramesh Sippy’s office however clarified that the script was prepared only after a thorough research on the subject and offered to show the Goa Police the promos if they are unable to view them in Mumbai.