On the night of 20th December 1942, Japanese bombers attacked the city of Calcutta.
The Great Eastern Hotel was one of the intended targets.
CALCUTTA was "blacked-out" from sunset to sunrise the next morning.
This day marked the city's first all-night "black-out".
Kolkata, Saturday 20 December 2014: As a symbolic and fitting tribute today to a World War II air-raid in the war-torn history of Calcutta (now Kolkata), director Dibakar Banerjee along with his lead actor, Sushant Singh Rajput, released the first look poster of the upcoming film, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY at the Great Eastern Hotel (now The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel).
Speaking at this launch conference amidst a packed media gathering in Kolkata, Dibakar said, "In late 1942 early 1943, Calcutta was the last frontier of the British Empire, holding out against the Japanese invasion of Asia. As Jap bombs were falling on Calcutta dockyard and around The Great Eastern Hotel, history was being created and Calcutta stepped on to the world stage. It's right here that Byomkesh's first adventure catapulted him from anonymity to dangerous fame. I can't imagine a more fitting place to launch the first look of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy than this hotel - which right on this day in 1942, would be full of chaos and mayhem as bombs fell around it, right here - seventy years ago - with Byomkesh probably on the hunt for a murderer not far away!"
Watch the Motion Poster which also released at this event:
DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY is based on Saradindu Bandyopadhyay's well-known and successful fictional detective, Byomkesh Bakshy and is a contemporary interpretation of Calcutta during the 1940's. This first of its kind detective film is an adventure thriller mired in deep political intrigue. A young, astute and intelligent Byomkesh, fresh out of college, pits himself against a mega world villain, depending more on his intuition and instinct rather than concrete proof, to solve the case, sometimes overstepping the law if needed.
Yash Raj Films is proud to present a Dibakar Banerjee Film, DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY which releases worldwide on 3rd April 2015
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