India’s First Playboy Club Rejected
16 April 2013
Adult entertainment company Playboy have had the plans to open their first club in the country rejected by Indian authorities. Scheduled to open on north Goa’s Candolim beach, the club has been denied authority by the Goa Chief Minister based on “technical grounds.”
"The shack policy of the state makes it mandatory that the application for any shack should be applied for by a local individual in his name and we can't grant shack permission for a brand."
Other sources claim that planning was rejected following complaints that the club would “promote prostitution” and to add further drama to proceedings, a ‘local lawmaker’/BJP member threatened to go on a hunger strike if the venue opened.
PB Lifestyle, the Indian franchise of the Playboy brand apparently insisted that there would be no nudity at the venue with the traditional Playboy costume being replaced by a sari-inspired outfit, complete with the trademark bunny ears, bow-ties and fluffy tails.
PB Lifestyle announced last November that they planned to open 120 clubs, hotels and shops in India over the next 10 years. We've heard on the grapevine that Delhi and Mumbai are both on the Playboy agenda, but we don't anticipate this happening anytime soon.