Panaji: A petition has been filed before the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court asking for a ban on the release of Rohan Sippy's forthcoming movie 'Dum Maro Dum' as it portrays Goa as a destination of sex and drugs.


A media professional, Savio Rodrigues who moved the court, has pleaded that the release of the movie should be banned as it will have a negative impact on Goa tourism.
 
 Rodrigues said that the movie is against public order, decency and morality and violates fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India to Goans.


"The film is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2011. The film will attract criminal minded tourists and offenders and drive away decent travelers and tourists from Goa," the petitioner claimed.

The bench will hear the petition on Thursday. It names State Chief Secretary, Chairperson Central Board of film certification, M/s Fox Star studios Pvt Ltd and M/s Ramesh Sippy Entertainment as the respondents.
 
 
"Goa has been portrayed in media and in the said movie in particular so as to depict it as destination of drugs and sex, both of which are claimed to be easily and freely available in
this state," he claimed.

He also added that this wrong depiction will attract persons who are drug addicts, sex offenders, drug traffickers and persons engaged in trafficking of children and women.

Goa tourism minister Nilkant Halarnkar had told the House that the government will "seriously" take up the issue with the producer.

(Agencies)