On Wednesday, the Goa government asked filmmaker Karan Johar's Dharma Productions to tender an apology during a film shoot recently for "littering" at a village in the state, and said that if the company fails to do so, it will be fined. A controversy erupted after Nerul residents in North Goa posted videos showing the waste, allegedly created by the crew of an upcoming Deepika Padukone-starrer film, dumped in their village after last week's shooting was over. The state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) on Tuesday released a show-cause notice to the line producer hired by Dharma Productions after the problem was highlighted on social media.
On Wednesday, Goa's Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo told reporters that the Dharma Productions director or owners should apologise to the people of the state for littering the place and leaving it without cleaning it. "On Facebook, give an apology that it was a mistake and admit the blame. We'll fine them if they don't do it. My department is going to place a fine on Dharma Productions," he said. Actor Kangana Ranaut took to Twitter for "irresponsible behaviour" to lash out at the film production houses. "The film industry is not only a virus for this nation's moral fibre society, but it has also become very damaging and detrimental to the climate, @PrakashJavdekar ji @moefccAsee this disgusting, dirty, reckless conduct by so-called large production houses, pls support," she said in the tweet.
Meanwhile, Dilip Borkar, the manufacturer of the lines hired by the production house, said the film was shot in a villa in Nerul. "After the shoot, the garbage collected daily was deposited at a location designated by the local panchayat. Except on Sunday, when it remained lying there, it was regularly collected by the contractor and videos of it were shot and posted on social media," he added.