Mumbai, Dec. 28 -- Sushant Singh Rajput, who plays a Bengali detective in his next, got a history lesson of sorts at the poster launch of the film in Kolkata. The event was held at the Great Eastern Hotel, which had been attacked by Japanese bombers in 1943, as part of World War II.
"Sushant had never been there before, so he was intrigued by the story. Dibakar (Banerjee; director) took him for a walk around the hotel, showing him spots where the bullets and bombs left marks. It reminded him about the terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai in 2008," says a source close to the actor.
When contacted, Dibakar says, "Yes, I showed him the entrance of the hotel that was bombed in 1943. He was taken aback." Sushant adds, "I've been to Kolkata several times, but this was my first visit to the hotel. The vibe and history of the location took me back to the shoot of our film - which is set in Kolkata, in that time period. It was like time travel."