The Division Bench of the Goa bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday morning while hearing the petition before admission filed by Goa Chronicle.com Founder and Editor-in-Chief Savio Rodrigues against the movie Dum Maro Dum issued notices to the respondent.
The public interest petition was filed seeking a ban/restrain on releasing the movie anywhere in the world in any form including trailers and advertisements as it portrays Goa in a bad light which would be in violation of the freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Constitution of India, which has some provisos.
The petitioner had challenged the director’s statement that Goa was a character in the fictional movie and argued that Goa and Goans cannot be fiction.
The petition was filed against Union of India, Government of Goa, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and Fox Star Studios, the last two being the producers of the film.
The division bench comprising of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice S M Reis said they had seen the promos of the movie and issued notices to the Respondents who have been asked to file their replies by 13th April when the case is fixed for its next hearing.
Fox Star Studios representative who flew down from London, was heard discussing with the petitioner and complaining that movies are made on different places in the world but nobody ever objects to it.
Mr. Rodrigues retorted that maybe people in other places do not love their motherland as much as he does to fight against those seeking to besmirch her reputation.