7 September 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

(The film screens at Tiff tonight and twice on Saturday. Here's our review from its theatrical release in June.) With Shanghai, filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee has done something that few Indian filmmakers have been able to accomplish: He has created a film that transcends cultural and stylistic barriers and is ready for a world audience exactly as it is. There is no need for snipping songs or inane comedy tracks, there are no impenetrably culturally specific references to make the casual viewer run for cover, there is only tension and that is universal. Sure, there are plenty of filmmakers in India making "parallel" films, those kinds of films that eschew the demands of common masala, however, the vast majority of them are extremely low key, and »

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