The uproar against actress Bipasha Basu’s dialogue in the film Dum Maro Dum – in Goa liquor is cheap and the women are cheaper — may perhaps force its producer Ramesh Sippy to delete the dialogues from the film.
Bipasha’s dialogues have hurt the Goans, especially women as it has portrayed them as loose characters and cheap, following which Goans including NGOs, politicians and various other groups have protested against the State’s portrayal in a bad light.
GoaChronicle.com Editor-in-Chief Savio Rodrigues has filed public interest litigation seeking a ban or restraint on the release and exhibition of controversial film and the respondents have been served notices. The Goa State Women’s Commission has also filed a police complaint against the producers.
The censor board has cleared the film with an ‘A’ certificate.
Central Board of Film Certification CEO Pankaja Thakur informed that they have received several complaints and they have already spoken to Sippy about the women’s sense of dignity being hurt by the dialogue.
Responding, Sippy said the film wanted to give a positive message and if sentiments were hurt, they would look into the matter and delete the dialogue from the film.’
“There is a possibility that Bipasha’s dialogue will be muted or replaced. The producers don’t want to hurt women,” a production insider said. “In the past few days, some women’s organizations had complained about a dialogue which they found offensive to women. As responsible film-makers, we have changed it to address their concerns.”
Meanwhile, even if the dialogues from the film are deleted, the PIL will continue as it looks at the larger issue of Goa being portrayed in a bad light.