Shanghai: A movie Review

On Sunday, June 10th, 2012


Movie Review of Shanghai.

Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai is not only a political thriller, but an insignia of the so-called dirty game politics that go on inside the nation to soak up power and position. Upholding a razor-sharp sketch of the ruckus behavior in Indian politics, the movie makes you shocked, affianced and rapt. In chorus, it also puts down some fragile information before you, about the unruly status of the state and the squabbles going on inside it.

Frankly to say, Shanghai is a not a brand-new story facet to make the viewers anticipated till end. Rather, it’s a custom-made account from Vasilis Vasilikos’s novel ‘Z’ (which was even made into a French film with the exact name in 1969), that narrates the assassination of a socialist professor and campaigner Dr. Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterjee) who combats against an imminent infrastructure project in Bharat Nagar that is sponsored by the ruling political party.

Though, initially it is supposed to be a drunken mishap, but Shalini (Kalki Koechlin), a young, US educated daughter of a contaminated army-officer, considers it as a callous murder. Hence, she tries to reach the root of the truth. On the other hand, a local videographer Jogi Parmar (Emraan Hashmi) declares to have some proofs of the murder that can bring the government down. Media interferes in the matter and hence a high-ranked bureaucrat T.A. Krishnan (Abhay Deol) is appointed to look into the matter.


Imran Hasmi and Abhay Deol in Shanghai.

But what happens next? Does Krishnan become able to solve the case? To what extent Salini gets succeed in her attempts? What role  does Jogi play in the situation? Who is the real villain behind the scene? What happens to the Bharat Nagar project? Climax and rest part of the drama will assist you get answer to your queries.

But, the audience can simply speculate Banerjee’s flexibility and lucidity in his films, after having a screenplay of Shanghai. Shanghai is undoubtedly one of the valiant efforts by the writer to showcase the customary raw truths of the present-day-society in the form of a movie. As much the audience gets immersed in the story, so much they get amazed with the ethical tight spots that the varied characters confront.

What‘s more genuine found in the movie is the plot work and basically the incidents that take place in the second half, which make the audience get shocked and eagerly wait ahead for the epilogue. The climax is good to act upon and dialogues are superb.

And to talk of the characters, everyone has given their cent-percent. Abhay Deol is simply outstanding in his act as the clear-cut IAS officer. His South Indian accent as a bureaucrat IAS Officer is just amazing and the designation itself seems to have been made for him. Emraan Hashmi is quite lively in his makeup as Jogi Parmar, a dodgy but sensible videographer. His glance is also laudably bona fide. He does a magnificent job with no kissing this time and simple taking a new birth in the filmy world. He is absolutely incredible in his act as susceptible Jogi Parmar.


Scarlet Mellish Willson in ‘Imported Kamriya’.

And to tell of Kalki Koechlin, she is brilliant in her efforts. Though Kalki had for a time repeated some of her distressed characters in movies like Shaitan, That Girl In Yellow Boots and Dev D, but her performance in Shanghai is purely awe-inspiring. Farooq Sheikh, as Kaul, is a glee. Prosenjit Chatterjee is very accepted and plausible as Dr. Ahemadi. Pitobash Tripathy (as Bhaggu) acts nice. Supriya Pathak (as the chief minister) is very good in her petite appearance. Anant Jog as Jaggu is natural. Kiran Karmarkar (as the CM’s coalition partner) looks like an archetypal politician.

Apart, the music part directed by Vishal-Sekhar, is worth-considering. The song ‘Bhaarat Mata Ki Jai’ creates an exceptional revelation and has shaped good buzz all around. ‘Imported Kamariya’ has also already become a blockbuster.

By and large, Shanghai is a first-rate political thriller that will offer you a lot of social drama, and the picture of callous, cruel politics that will of course bring an alternation in your outlook for the pragmatism of society and the socio-cultural life behind.


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