Dibakar Banerjee recently launched the song ‘Calcutta Kiss’ in innovative fashion. 50 dancers got together at the Howrah Bridge on 3rd of February to wish the bridge a happy birthday and performed on the song.
The song is a peppy retro number which is being widely appreciated. But there has been a problem for Banerjee with many people having reached out to Dibakar regarding the song title. They have been pressurizing him to change the name of the song to Kolkata Kiss!
During the 1940's Kolkata was called Calcutta. As the film is set in 1943, Dibakar had to keep the song title as Calcutta Kiss. So he finds this bizarre.
“Those who are objecting are doing this to get some limelight. That’s how you get your 15 minutes of fame. Also, this was not completely unexpected because, in India today, everyone is always ready to take offence,” says Dibakar.
Since the film is set in 1943, Dibakar has made a point to keep the entire film authentic and has put in a lot of detailing to make the film look like that era. There is a directive by the censor board that says that old names of cities cannot be used in a film. And although the director is aware of this, he hopes to make the members of the body understand.
Dibakar adds, “If there is any objection, I will talk to them (censor board members) and explain that the film has 1943 as its backdrop. Kolkata was called Calcutta then, and the song is a swing jazz track. I am sure they will understand.”