A good political thrillerBy K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: : Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Pitobash
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
One could say helmer Dibakar Banerjee has made his mark on Bollywood. 'Shanghai' released June 8th, 2012, and made an immediate impact on the audience. 'Shanghai' is the fourth good movie for Dibakar following three successful hits - 'Khosla Ka Ghosla', 'Oye lucky! Lucky Oye!' and 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha'. Dibakar has proved he is a filmmaker par excellence. The movie is seen by most as touching the reality of India. It is more than a thriller and a political drama. Dibakar has splashed today's Indian political system on to the celluloid. Some critics say it depicts Greece in the sixties, and wonder why the film is titled 'Shanghai'. Perhaps, it borrows from the Chinese city by that name which is known for business and the material comfort but lacks in other respects!
Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee plays Ahmedi, a socialist professor and activist living in 'Bharat Nagar', who opposes an upcoming infrastructure project backed by the ruling political junta. IBP party State Chief Minister played by Supriya Pathak Kapur and her cadres don't tolerate any opposition. Ahmed is run over by a truck while addressing an election rally, and police dismiss the incident as a drunken driving accident. Kalki Koechlin plays Shalini who is an eyewitness and says its murder. Emraan Hashmi plays a lowly journalist-videographer who also makes porn films for a living and claims to have solid proof of murder to bring down the government. Enter IBP Vice Chairman T. A. Krishnan played by Abhay Deol for damage control. Party boss politician Kaul is played by veteran Farooq Sheikh wants Krishnan to get the file closed. Instead, Krishnan follows every shred of evidence and the government falls. Meshed in the movie, Pitobash Tripathy plays Bhagu impersonating the uneducated/unemployed, depicted as those abused.
The two main characters of 'Shanghai' - Emraan and Abhay - are essentially two sides of the same coin. Abhay represents a progressive 'Bharat' while Emraan is the aam admi untouched by the developments. The movie creates some suspense in the climax. Dibakar proves his directorial mettle in a political drama thriller genre. He has demonstrated full control over all departments, a superb selection of cast and their total utilization. Emraan wears almost an unrecognizable look - dirty and unromantic, with a pouch and yellow teeth. Abhay is wonderful. Kalki's role is difficult, yet she delivers a totally scripted performance. Prosenjit Chatterjee's role is too brief but impressive. Farooque Sheikh lends support to the film. Pitobash is outstanding. Supriya Pathak proves herself in spite of her brief appearance. Anant Jog too fares better than in 'Singham' and 'Rowdy Rathore'. Tillotama Shome and Kiran Karmarkar are also good.
Vishal-Shekhar's music is good. The controversial song 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' is worth a watch. Some have vocally objected to the use of 'Bharat Mata' name, the court has dismissed the plea. 'Imported Kamariya' song is average. The background score is lovely and so also the cinematography. The movie's street songs and dance are catchy and entertaining. 'Shanghai' will most definitely impact box office success of Akshay Kumar starrer 'Rowdy Rathore' that began by grossing more than its budget in just a three-day weekend and has been dominating ticket sales since.
A film like 'Shanghai' doesn't come very often; so go watch it!
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