Goa’s lone Rajya Sabha Member Shantaram Naik has demanded a ban on the Rohan Sippy directed film Dum Maro Dum. In a letter addressed to Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, he said the movie has scenes and dialogues that denigrate women in general and Goan women in particular.
Quoting media reports, Naik said the Central Board of Film Certification should not have allowed the scenes that portray Goan women in bad light and particularly objected to the dialogue claiming that liquor is cheap in Goa but women were cheaper.
He pointed out that Section 5(B)(2) of the Cinematography Act provides for not allowing visuals or words that are defamatory to individual or body of individuals or scenes that may endanger public order.
While further pointing out that the guidelines specifically prohibit scenes justifying or glorifying drinking or drug usage, he said the movie promotes itself on being about booze, drugs and sex.
Dum Maro Dum scheduled to be released on 22nd April has raised a hornet’s nest in Goa with Savio Rodrigues, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goa Chronicle.com filing a public interest litigation seeking a ban on its release and the Goa State Womens Commission lodging a police complaint against it.