13 August 2014
“The club underwent renovation and Novotel and HICC authorities contracted a different entity by the name Playboy, Hyderabad, to run the pub on the same terms and conditions on the licence earlier issued. Therefore, the allegations by some groups that the licence was given by the Telangana Government is false as it was processed before the Telangana state was formed on June 2, 2014,”
The heat being faced by the controversial Playboy Club, which was launched during the weekend in the city, touched a notch higher. On Tuesday, Cyberabad Commissioner CV Anand stated that no woman should be employed in the club as a ‘Bunny’, ‘Teaser’ or hostess. The Commissioner suggested the management of Playboy to change the name of the club, to avoid any apprehensions or objections raised by civil societies.
Around the world, Playboy Clubs flaunt ‘Bunnies’ or waitresses, maintain a raunchy dress code while serving food and beverages to the customers. The dress code has been inspired by the logo of the Canadian adult magazine and the ideology of its CCO, Hugh Hefner.
Fresh set of rules for the club
But due to right-wing activists, women activists and student groups’ argument that women who worked as waitresses were objectionable and indecent, Monica from Novotel replied, “We are not going to have Bunnies.”
“We have made clear that no woman should be employed within the club as a ‘Bunny’, ‘Teaser’, hostesses or in any other manner,” concurred Cyberabad Commissioner CV Anand.
The Commissioner also clarified that permission was granted to Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) and Novotel to only run a club on December 21, 2012, and no permission for running the Playboy Club was granted by the Telangana government.
“The club underwent renovation and Novotel and HICC authorities contracted a different entity by the name Playboy, Hyderabad, to run the pub on the same terms and conditions on the licence earlier issued. Therefore, the allegations by some groups that the licence was given by the Telangana Government is false as it was processed before the Telangana state was formed on June 2, 2014,” he added.
Fresh conditions have been issued by the Cyberabad Police in the wake of the protests.
“21 conditions were laid down for running of the club by the police department. These conditions made it very clear that there shall not be any nude dances, acts, films and obscene gestures. Further, no obscene posters, nude or seminude advertisements in newspapers would be entertained in the marketing of pub or any event related to it. The Novotel and Playboy Club management have undertaken to comply with these conditions and any violation would lead to cancellation of the licence,” said the Cyberabad Police.
Source : The Hans India
HJS oppose ‘Playboy Club’ in Goa scheduled to start in December
There are reports in Media that ‘Playboy Club’ is going to be opened in Goa in December 2012. ‘Playboy’ is a notorious adult magazine, published by US-based Playboy Enterprises Inc. is banned in India because of nudity and obscenity in it. HJS and many other organisations are opposing opening of ‘Playboy Club’ in Goa !
Letter to Goa CM by HJS regarding cancellation of permission to ‘Playboy Club’
H’ble Chief Minister
Government of Goa,
This is with respect to the news of PB Lifestyle, the Indian firm with rights to the Playboy brand, launching the club in the holiday state of Goa in December this year.
We write to you on behalf of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). The HJS is a registered NGO doing social, religious and National welfare work. Devoted Hindus doing voluntary charitable work have formed this HJS. The HJS is active throughout India and educating Hindus about Hindu Dharma in a spiritually scientific way assisting in practice of Dharma guiding them about individual spiritual practice, awakening Hindus, etc. For further details please visit our website www.hindujagruti.org to know more about our activities.
Goa is known as Parshurambhumi, is a land of temples and known for its rich cultural heritage .Over recent years Goa has been maligned internationally as a land of Wine, Women and Drugs and to add to this the evil of Casinos is only in the state of Goa. Of late the mining scam has put Goa in the limelight.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) opposes the starting of ‘PB Lifestyle ‘club in Goa and demands ban on it. Starting of such a club will further add insult to injury and degrade the holy Goan state raising questions on moral values of civilized Goan people. Starting of such a club will re-enforce the maligned image of Goa internationally. When the ‘Playboy’, along with a host of other foreign “adult” magazines, is not permitted in India owing to obscenity laws banning material deemed “lascivious or appealing to prurient interests” starting of such a club is being strongly condemned by the HJS.
In the Hindu Dharma the real wealth of a woman is her chastity and nudity means the destruction of her chastity. Unfortunately nowadays the film stars have a big influence on their audience and are as role models to the younger generation. Such an act by an actress is sending very alarming message to the younger generation and just destroying the foundation of a civilized society.
The BJP is committed to preservation and protection of Indian Culture and tradition. Allowing setting up of club like ‘PB Lifestyle ‘will be just contradiction of the same.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) strongly requests you to oppose the starting of such a club in Goa and not give permission for the same but take action under the Indian Laws on Obscenity and safeguard the respect and dignity of Goa and the Goans.
We are indeed hopeful of a prompt and positive response in the background of the respect of cultural and traditional values of your party’s commitment.
We await your response in the matter.
Dr. Manoj Solanki,
State coordinator, HJS
13 August 2014
Hindu activists, Women’s organisations condemn the move
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti to submit memo to KCR
Says it’ll promote vulgarity, nudity & sex
Hotel tightlipped, will react only after inauguration
There is a lot of buzz regarding the launch of Playboy Club in the city. While the club plans to boost the image of the city, owing to its international image right wing activists have condemned its inauguration. They have questioned the move to have a ‘red carpet’ welcome for the club when the incidents of rape are on the rise.
It’s official, Hyderabad Playboy Club would officially open its doors on Saturday at HICC Novotel. Swedish electronic dance music star of Tomorrowland, DJ Sebjak would be headlining the show. The opening act would be done by DJ Anees, who is the in-house DJ and the tickets for the gig are priced at Rs 4,000 per couple. A spokesperson from PB Lifestyle Ltd said that apart from Playboy in Hotel Novotel at Hitec City, the company also plans to launch nightclubs under the brand at Worli in Mumbai and South Delhi this year.
Sana Satish Babu, who has been on the forefront of the launch of Playboy in Hyderabad and the owner of The Club, Novotel, in an earlier interview had said, “Hyderabad is a young and dynamic city and the brand Playboy goes with it completely. I think this deal would open a new chapter in Hyderabad’s younger culture. It all happened when I visited Playboy Club in London and then I put forward the proposal for Playboy in Hyderabad. Playboy has given quite a few things to the style and fashion of this world, we are planning to bring all of that within the reach of the people of Hyderabad through Playboy Club, Playboy Café and merchandise, ranging from perfumes to apparels. Looking at the increasing style quotient in Hyderabad, we are sure that the merchandise would be well received by the public.”
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has, however, opposed the plans to open the club. Mohan Gowd, state convenor, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, HJS, said, “It is absolutely wrong to give permission to an institution like Playboy Club which promotes vulgarity, nudity and sex. This will boost perversity and further encourage rapists. Hence HJS demands that the government should give priority to teach the ideal of Bharatiya culture and morality by not granting permission to the Playboy Club.”
“Incidents of rape of national and international tourists have already been exposed earlier. Why then a red carpet welcome to Playboy at such times? A memorandum to that effect would be handed over to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. HJS has also taken a stand to oppose the club vehemently,” he added.
The HJS had played a crucial role in banning the club when it was setting it up in Goa.
It must be highlighted that Hugh Hefner, founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, commenting about the Playboy bunnies and the launch in India, had said, “Bunnies are fresh animals, shy, vivacious, jumping—sexy. First it smells you, then it escapes, then it comes back and you feel like caressing it, playing with it. A girl resembles a bunny.”
Commenting on the sexism being promoted in these clubs Tejaswini Madabushi, one of the founding members of Hyderabad for Feminism, says, “The Telangana government giving permission to this club is very disappointing. I am not against clubbing, but this is sexist clubbing. The whole concept of bunnies is very humiliating to women and would further promote rape culture and violence on women. Women playing bunnies are very vulnerable to exploitation and it’s a serious concern. Another thing I would like to stress is that we should not ignore this as a rich, urban male club that won’t affect the rest of the society. The people visiting such clubs are a small minority, they tend to have a huge influence on popular culture and a lot of other people would emulate this behaviour. Hollywood has shown Playboy clubs in a fashionable way. It won’t be long before our local movies start showing them in the same way and it might be too late before we realise how sexist clubbing has affected our culture.”
Source : Hans India
‘Playboy Club’ news appeared in Times of India
Goa : Former Congress MLA of Calangute Agnelo Fernandes is in negotiations with Playboy Lifestyle, the Indian franchise owners, to set up the first Playboy Club in the country at Candolim.
Barring any last-minute hiccups, the first Playboy Club in India plans to open in Candolim, by December.
Responding to reports that the Playboy Beach Club, as it is being called, will be opening on Candolim beach, Fernandes confirmed to TOI on Friday that he is in negotiations with Playboy Lifestyle to have the club at his beachside property which had the F Beach Club last season and Club Fresh earlier.
“Nothing has been signed yet,” Fernandes emphasized, adding that “they’re also negotiating with two-three other property owners”.
The club, when it opens, is expected to be a slightly tame version of the original. Sanjay Gupta, CEO of PB Lifestyle reportedly said, “The costumes of the bunnies which are integral to the Playboy culture, will be based on Indian sensibilities and morals.” This may even mean women in saris, though nothing is clear yet. Playboy bunnies, or waitresses, typically wear black satin bodices, bow ties, cuffs and bunny ears. PB Lifestyle has not yet decided what the waitresses will wear in Goa, the sources said.
“Our clubs will not have any nudity. So there should not be any problem and we are prepared to deal with it if there is any,” said Gupta, whose media and real estate company reportedly signed a 30-year licensing agreement with US-based Playboy Enterprises Inc.
A senior official of the state tourism department said that if it indulges in obscenity or nudity, the government will withdraw their permission.
Gupta’s company plans to use the Playboy brand and its iconic rabbit-head logo on clubs, bars, hotels and cafes and will spend 2 billion in the first five years, media reports said. The first Playboy property in Goa is likely to be followed by one in Hyderabad.
Source : Times of India