A Public Interest Litigation seeking a ban or restraint on the release and exhibition of controversial film Dum Maro Dum has been filed before the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court and is scheduled to come up for hearing before admission on Thursday.
The petition filed by Savio Rodrigues, Editor-in-Chief of Goa Chronicle.Com seeks to restrain exhibition of the films on grounds that it violates the rights of Goans as their land and people are shown in bad light in the movie.
The petitioner has relied upon not only the promos of the film already being aired but also on statements of its director Rohan Sippy who has said that Goa is a character of the fictional film.
The petition is filed against the Union of India, Government of Goa, Central Board of Film Certification, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and Fox Star Studios, the last two being the producers of the film.
The petition seeks to ban the release of the film slated for worldwide release on 22nd April and also seeks a restrain on its exhibition in any manner including trailers and advertisements.
The petition is filed in public interest as it seeks to defend the rights of Goans and Goa which are not fictional characters to be used in a fiction movie. Besides, it has taken a strong stand against portraying Goa as a land of booze, drugs and sex.