Fox Star Studio and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment in an oblique admission of their mistake revised the promos of their upcoming film Dum Maro Dum and besides showing the revised promos also informed the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court that certain dialogues have been changed.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goa Chronicle.com, Savio Rodrigues had filed a public interest litigation seeking a ban/restraint on the release of the film on 22nd April on grounds that it portrays a wrong image of Goa and denigrates its women.
When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday before the Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadikari, the producers in their reply gave an undertaking that the objectionable dialogue pertaining to Goan women has been changed in the movie by replacing the word “women” with “relationships”.
Besides, the producers also showed the new promos where the spotlight on Goa has been removed and all words with negative connotations like drugs, sex, rape, deaths etc have been removed.
The petitioner while welcoming the changes, however, raised an issue of the content of the movie which was quite well received by Chief Justice Mohit Shah. The producers then agreed to screen the movie to the Judges and also the petitioner.
Meanwhile, Savio Rodrigues dismissed the producers contention that they were trying to raise the same issues that he as a journalist raised on his news portal about the evils plaguing Goa. “While as a journalist, I present facts, the movie makers are taking stray incidents, sensatiionalising them with the sole intent of making money out of it,” he said.
Arguing that the producers wanted to capitalize on Goa’s global popularity by portraying the ills of the State, he said rank commercial interest was the motive of the producers who made the film, while journalists attempt to sensitise the people over the evils affecting their society.
The matter is now fixed for arguments on 18th April and the movie is likely to be screened either on that date or prior to it.