An Indian firm with rights to the Playboy brand will launch the club in the holiday state of Goa in December — the first of 120 clubs, hotels, fashion cafés and shops planned over the next 10 years.
Sanjay Gupta, chief executive of PB Lifestyle, said the famous bunny costume of a skimpy corset with a fluffy rabbit tail and ears would be adapted to suit India’s conservative values, and he stressed no nudity would be involved.
“Bunnies are an integral part of Playboy clubs,” he said. “For the obvious reasons of Indian morality and sensibilities, we can’t follow the traditional costumes that Playboy bunnies are associated with.”
The new outfits will be revealed at the club’s launch at its 22,000-square-foot premises on Candolim beach in north Goa. Playboy, along with a host of other foreign “adult” magazines, is not permitted in India owing to obscenity laws banning material deemed “lascivious”.
Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra became the first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine this year, causing something of a stir in the country. “Super excited! It ain’t about nudity ... (it is) about introducing a lifestyle of fun (and) glamour,” Chopra said via Twitter after plans for the new club were revealed.