Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Cast: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Emraan Hashmi, Farooque Sheikh, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Pitobash, Supriya Pathak
Official Synopsis: A small town somewhere in India is poised to become the next Shanghai. Billions of dollars are being poured into an upcoming International Business Park. On the eve of its launch a drunk truck driver mows down a prominent social activist. A lone girl believes it to be a murder, supported by a porn film maker who claims to have the proof that will bring the government down. A high ranking bureaucrat is brought in to investigate the accident. Shanghai, a political thriller, follows the journey of these unlikely heroes as they come together to find justice in the labyrinth of Indian democracy.
The movie is adapted from the book “Z” written by Vassilis Vassilikos. Screenplay by Dibakar Banerjee and Urmi Juvekar is pretty good. Some scenes stand out like the one where the two cops tell different versions of Dr. Ahmedi’s accident or the scene where Abhay questions the cop over over a missing page. The scene at the maid’s house and the scene of Emraan running with the CPU are very good. The climax scene is brilliant.
Firstly the name Bharat Nagar is itself so unsubtle and then it seems like there are dialogues with deliberate use of Shanghai and Pragati talk. The political speech by Dr. Ahmedi is so cliched. Some of the scenes seem to be deliberately dark lit and this could have used better lighting. This will not go down well with the general audience. Imported Kamaria song seems so out of place in the movie.
Abhay is excellent as the investigating officer. Not sure how accurate he is with the South Indian accent but he acts really well. Emraan is very good in a different role from what he normally plays. Kalki looks bad with the hairstyle and the movie could have used someone else in this role. Farooque Sheikh is excellent as Kaul, the Principal Secretary. Its good to see him in a good role after a long time. Prosenjit Chatterjee is ok. Pitobash repeats the same role he did in Shor in the City. Supriya Pathak is decent in the only scene she has.
Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is very good for the most part. He should have avoided the two songs that were in the movie. He could have used better lighting instead and this would have made the movie palatable to more people. The ending is brilliant. The movie is not without its flaws but is still very good and is recommended for those who like hard hitting movies.
Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)Tags: Abhay Deol Dibakar Banerjee Emraan Hashmi Farooque Sheikh Kalki Koechlin Member Reviews Pitobash Prosenjit Chatterjee Reviews Shanghai Supriya Pathak