Finding Fanny’s Goan village finds a ban on kissing


Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah would be in a quandary, if they found out that one can no longer kiss in the village, which filmmaker Homi Adajania based his progressive film ‘Finding Fanny’ on, last year.

In a regressive rule of sorts, the Goan village panchayat of Salvador do Mundo, has banned kissing in public, saying it causes irritation to residents.

The picturesque village in Goa is situated near Panaji, where Adajania spent time writing his film. He created a fictitious village for his film, based on the quaint life of Salvador do Mundo. Earlier, the social media was abuzz with discussions about a few ministers of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, seeking a ban on revealing clothing, especially bikinis on beaches.

But Bollywood’s public relations expert Dale Bhagwagar feels, all this is much ado about nothing. “No one likes bans and restrictions. However, it is crucial to understand under what circumstances a restriction has come about.”

“Many take the word freedom for their literal meaning. And then, they break social norms in the name of this misunderstood definition of freedom. It’s like, one is free to chose what clothes one wears. But does that mean, one also has the freedom to roam naked on the streets?” asks the PR guru.

“Salvador do Mundo would have surely had some valid reasons for a restriction like this. It should not be perceived as a ‘ blanket ban on kissing’,” the publicist explains.


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