Chief Minister Digambar Kamat speaking to Goa Chronicle.Com claimed to have no knowledge about the public interest litigation filed seeking a ban/restrain on the release of the movie Dum Maro Dum.
“I will have to check on the matter,” he said when asked. Further, he sought to know whether the State of Goa was made a party to the suit, even though most of the dailies had carried reports about the petition coming up for hearing before admission.
He also claimed to have no knowledge if the director Rohan Sippy had shown the film to the police as promised earlier when protests against the movie first came in with the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa had objected to the movie on grounds that it would tarnish Goa’s image thereby making visitors think twice before coming to Goa.
However, Tourism Minister Nilkant Halarnkar suggested that the movie will not in the least affect the tourism industry in Goa. “The tourism department has no role to play in this as the movie does not come within its purview,” he said.
According to him, it is for the police and other agencies including the Censor Board to look into the matter and not the tourism department.
“We are only concerned with the tourism industry and how to attract visitors to Goa,” he asserted refusing to comment on the matter.