Kolkata: If it was the train which brought Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol together in the iconic film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, it will be Kolkata’s heritage tram which will bring a foreigner lady closer to the city in a new West Bengal tourism campaign. SRK, the state brand ambassador, came to the city last week and secretly shot a new television advertisement riding on a tram in the lush green Maidan area.
The 45-second TVC, which will be broadcast from March, will have Khan introducing a foreign lady tourist to the city inside the tram.
“The idea is to project Bengal as the sweetest part of India. Whether it is in the culture, food, nature of people, language, music or in gestures, everything is very sweet. This is what makes it unique,” Sumanto Chattopadhyay, the adman who is shooting the promotional, told PTI here today.
A quintessential part of the colonial-era, Kolkata is the only place in India which still manages to accommodate the slow-moving tram.
West Bengal tourism department had recently rebranded itself from ‘Beautiful Bengal’ to ‘Experience Bengal Sweetest Part of India’.
Department officials said they have asked the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather to prepare 8-10 such commercials in which different parts of the state will be shown.
“There will be 8-10 clips of 45 seconds each. We will showcase the heritage of Kolkata and Bishnupur, major tourist attractions like the hills of Darjeeling, islands of Sundarbans, tea gardens and forests of Dooars, tribal and natural beauty of the Junglemahal area and cruising in the river Ganges,” said A R Bardhan, principal secretary, West Bengal tourism department.