Nandini Mukhopadhyay, CPI(M) candidate from South Kolkata constituency, expressed her anger and reacted to Mayor Firhad Hakim mocking her name, saying that the Mayor is using the ‘language of the lumpen’.
She was reacting to the Mayor’s statement on Sunday, when he had said that Nandini Mukhopadhyay is only visible during the election and cannot be seen at other times. He then used a line from the popular Bengali song “Ke tumi nandini, aagey toh dekhini”, while attacking and mocking her. The line translates as “Who are you girl, have never seen you (her) before.”
This line is from the cult song “Jibone ki Pabo na” from the movie Tin Bhubaner Parey which had iconic actors like Soumitra Chatterjee and Tanuja. Soumitra lip-synced to this song by Manna De and subsequently ‘Ke tumi Nandini’ became one of the most famous pick-up lines at that time.
Nandini Mukhopadhyay said that though this song has been lip synced by her favourite hero, it was also used by ‘lumpens’ to eve tease girls after the release of the film. Thus the minister, in using this kind of language, also exposes the present condition of the state, she said.
Nandini Mukhopadhyay in the past had unsuccessfully contested from Kolkata South and is now fighting from the same seat against Trinamool Congress stalwart Mala Roy. The BJP which got high percentage of votes from this seat in the last two electrons, is yet to declare its candidate.