Goenchea Ostoreancho Awaz (GOA) a women’s group on Thursday held a peaceful protest outside Inox multiplex, Panjim where prepaid previews of the controversial film Dum Maro Dum. While the four screenings of the movie were held under tight police security, the protest continued till 11:15 pm when the last screening was held.
Dum Maro Dum has generated controversy in Goa as its promos projected Goa to be a land of alcohol, drugs and sex and also projected Goan women to be of loose morals.
Swati Kerkar who led the protest informed that a memorandum was presented to the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat asking that the prepaid previews be stopped and also all further screenings of the movie be banned.
The memorandum also demanded that all derogatory references to Goa and its women should be deleted from the movie and that the Censor Board should review the certificate issued to the movie.
Incidentally North Goa Collector, Mihir Vardhan was amongst those who saw the movie on Thursday.
While stating that they had gathered outside the cinema hall to create awareness about the negative content of the film, Kerkar said it was for the people to decide on viewing the movie. She however, was critical of the government for its failure to prevent the negative portrayal of Goa and Goan women.
Incidentally, Inox has scheduled 12 shows of the movie on Friday and according to its officials, all are fully booked.