Goa Minister Michael Lobo demands an apology from Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions; will be made to pay fine otherwise

Reportedly, the issue had flared up when actress Kangana Ranaut had highlighted it on her Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The controversy of the production crew hired by Karan Johar‘s Dharma Productions dumping PPEs and other unsegregated garbage on a Goa beach village last week has further fuelled up. Goa’s Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo has now demanded an apology from the production house. If no apology is rendered, a fine will be imposed for littering.

“First of all, the directors or owners (of Dharma Production) should apologize to the people of Goa for doing such a thing. Tender an apology on Facebook, that it was an error, and accept fault. We will fine (them) otherwise. Dharma Production will be fined by the Goa Waste Management,” Lobo said as per IANS.


On Tuesday actress Kangana Ranaut had called attention to the issue on Twitter emphasizing that negligent dumping of garbage damages the environment. “Movie industry is not a virus just for the moral fiber n culture of this nation but it has become very destructive and harmful for the environment also, @PrakashJavdekar ji @moefccAsee this disgusting, filthy, irresponsible behaviour by so called big production houses, pls help Folded hands,” Ranaut said in her tweet.


In response to this, on Wednesday, Goa-based line producer Dilip Borkar, hired by the Karan Johar production firm, said that the actress did not know ground realities. “No one knows the ground reality. Kangana Ranaut does not know anything about what is happening here. This is wrong. She is spoiling Goa’s name,” Borkar told a press conference in Panaji on Wednesday. “There are efforts to defame us. We do not know why, maybe because Dharma Production is involved or Karan Johar’s name is involved,” Borkar said.

The controversy emerged after photos of garbage bags carelessly dumped by the film production crew went viral on social media. Following this, the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a government agency that supervises film-shoot related regulations, issued a show-cause notice to Borkar. The notice said that standards of garbage disposal were not followed while disposing of non-biodegradable waste, including PPE gear used during the shoot.

Borkar said that the shooting for the Dharma Production film, starring Deepika Padukone, was being carried out in a villa in the beach village of Nerul in North Goa. The garbage collection for the was dumped at a site specified by the local village Panchayat authority. “The garbage was disposed of by a local contractor appointed by the village Panchayat every day. Only on Sunday, he failed to do so, after which the photos went viral,” Borkar said.