Movie Information : Shanghai
Producer: Ajay Bijli, Dibakar Banerjee, Priya Shreedharan & Sanjeev K Bijli
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Starring: Abhay Deol, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin
Lyrics: Dibakar Banerjee, Anvita Dutt, Kumaar, Neelesh Mishra, & Vishal Dadlani
Recommended Audience: General
Film Released on: 05 June 2012
Movie Review : Shanghai
Courtesy : TOI
The movie revolves around political parties in verge of a coalition and a business park to be constructed, eventually leading to a gripping search of truth and seeking justice on the murder of a leader who fought for the poors' rights. About the content, the dialogues are rare but effective, the characterization of each player is amazing while the storyline is strong and fresh. Some clever shots and picturization makes us feel good about Indian cinema, especially a scene wherein a van carrying a dead body (having people in it grieving for the dead man) is halted just because there's a political celebration going on the streets. About the performances, Emraan plays a geeky, street guy who is good at his wit, played well. Kalki speaks less, cries more, acts okay. Abhay Deol steals the show playing an IAS who is of southern origin, right from his style to his accent to dialect, he is totally in character and subtly and calmly adds zing to the story. A one time watch for real admirers of great cinema.
Abhay Deol thoroughly impresses with his cold, restrained and authoritative performance. Add to that a subtle Tamil accent. He doesn't lose grip of his character for even a fleeting moment.
Kalki has few dialogues that probably prompt her panicked expressions throughout. With a character sketch that hints at an ambiguous past; she doesn't reveal much - in performance or otherwise. Prosenjit, in a brief role leaves an impact. Farooq Sheikh adds gravitas to this gritty drama. Pitobash Tripathi as a herd-following morchawaala, Bhagu, stands out.
Director, Dibakar Banerjee's adaptation of Greek writer Vassilis Vassilikos's book 'Z' is impressively Indianized. The story-telling is embossed with naked realism, rawness and brutal honesty. Be it blood stained bodies, close-ups of blackened faces, or ugliness (of body and soul) - he bares it with gut, grit and gore. But it's not the first time we've seen the struggling aam aadmi made scapegoats by mantris who go back to plush seats in their power hubs. It's not the first time chapters on humanity and morality are shamelessly ripped from political text books. The story is predictable (expect for a few scenes), and the revelations that follow, don't send shockwaves or make your bellies churn.
Movie Theatrical Trailer : SHANGHAI
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