The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court has moved the hearing on Rohan Sippy’s forthcoming film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ to April 18.
The bench on Wednesday watched the promos of the movie, which ran into controversy after a media professional, Savio Rodrigues filed a PIL in the court seeking a ban the release stating that it portrayed Goa and its people in bad light.
The film, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Prateik, also evoked strong reaction from women’s organisations in Panaji.
The lawyer of Fox Star Studios India Private Limited (FSSIPL), which is the distributor for the movie, told the bench that they have changed the “objectionable” dialogues in the movie, which is set to release on April 22.
The division bench comprising Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari, after watching the promos in the court hall on the laptop of one of the lawyers, fixed the hearing in the matter for next Monday.
Winnie Coutinho, representing the petitioner, said that both the old promos (with the objectionable taglines) and the new ones after deletion of that content, were shown to the bench. The petitioner has now said that entire movie be screened before the division bench before its theatrical release.
FSSIPL representative Dina Duttani said that they have no issues in showing the entire movie to the division bench. “There is nothing in the movie that spells disrespect for the Goans,” she said.
Duttani admitted that the objectionable part has been deleted from the film. But she rubbished the claim that they have changed the promos fearing court case. “The promos always change whenever movie is nearing its release. Now the promos speak of the story line,” Duttani, who heads FSSIPL’s Business and legal section, said.