Mumbai, Feb. 12 -- It seems for a few people in Kolkata, West Bengal, a name is all that matters. Film-maker Dibakar Banerjee got a taste of this when after releasing a song, titled 'Calcutta kiss', from his next, he was flooded with letters expressing disapproval and asking him to change the title to 'Kolkata kiss'.
"Dibakar found this bizarre as the film is set in 1943 when the city was called Calcutta. There is nothing offensive about it," says a source close to him.
When contacted, Dibakar reacted by saying that such acts are just to get cheap publicity at the cost of the film's reputation. "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.
The film-maker also reveals that he is aware that there is a directive by the censor board that says that one can't use the old name of a city in a film, but he hopes to make the members of the body understand the context. "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" says Dibakar.