There were speculations that makers of the film Bombay Velvet starring Ranbir Kapoor will have to change the word 'Bombay' with 'Mumbai' as CBFC considers 'Bombay' as unconstitutional name for the city.
However, Bombay Velvet director Anurag
Kashyap may not have to change the title and the CBFC has a
reason for that.
Recently, CBFC removed the word 'Bombay' from a song by Mihir
Joshi as the name 'Bombay' has become unconstitutional after the
city's name was officially changed to Mumbai in 1955.
However, Chairperson of CBFC pointed out that if a film is based
in an era when Mumbai was called Bombay, then it can have the use
the word 'Bombay' and so, Ranbir Kapoor's Bombay Velvet
might be lucky enough to retain the same name.
"If a film is a period drama, if it's set during a time when
Mumbai was called Bombay then we can consider retaining the old
name for the city. But, in the contemporary context, 'Bombay' will
not be allowed at all," said Pahlaj Nihalani, Chairperson of
The CBFC Chairperson further added, "This is a state matter. The
Maharashtra government officially changed the name of Bombay to
Mumbai in 1955. Still, if film-makers and song writers continue to
use the unconstitutional name for the city, we have no choice but
to delete it. Making films and writing songs are a social
responsibility . You can't change geography and history just to
Anurag Kashyap's upcoming film Bombay Velvet featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in lead roles is slated to release on May 15th.