Shanghai: Powerful & Compelling!

Star Ratings: ***1/2

The most-awaited and controversial flick Shanghai finally hit the big screens today!

A political thriller, Shanghai deals with existence of opulent socialism and capitalism mythos with a powerful yet gripping story line.

Although, this kind of movies are common in Bollywood but the proficiency and experience of Dibakar Banerjee as a director has made the movie at par from the conventional political drama making it worth to watch.

It won’t be an over statement that Shanghai has surely improved the standard of Bollywood movies with its unusual subject and exceptional show of direction and acting.

Based on Vasilis Vasilikos’ novel Z, the movie is a story of small town Bharat Nagar where the ruling party put forward an upcoming infrastructure project before the elections for the development of the town and wishes to make it another Shanghai, a dream city.

Then comes a well-known socialist and activist, Dr Ali Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterjee) who opposes this project, as many people will loose their shelter due to this mega-project unwillingly.

Opposing the project, Ahmedi passes away and police names it a drunken accident but Ahmedi’s aficionado Shalini (Kalki Koechlin) knew that this is a planned murder while Jogi (Emraan Hashmi), a local videographer claims to have evidence of the accident.

High-ranking IAS officer, T.A. Krishnan (Abhay Deol) is appointed for the investigation of the murder mystery.

The investigation of Krishnan is being intermittent by his senior official (played by Farooq Sheikh), who persists Krishnan to close his investigation and name it a simple drunken ‘hit and run’ case to give a clean-chit.

Therefore, there is a lot of social drama, callous and vice politics and the realism of society that may change your instincts towards many social aspects.

Both the male actors Abhay Deol and Emran Hashmi has played their roles of protagonists effectively and has been successful in embark a serious image in your mind.

Kalki Koechlin is also quite satisfactory in her role. Abhay Deol once again has been successful in justifying the role of IAS officer with his serious and intense acting.

Emran Hashmi, as Jogi has done quite good job with his stained teeth and Mawaligiri.

Dibakar Banerjee is quite imposing in portraying the real picture of politics in desi style and once again deserves a pat after Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Love Sex aur Dhokha.

Overall, Shanghai is a complete package and a worth-watch!

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