MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,454 this week

Shanghai (2012)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 5,208 users  
Reviews: 62 user | 31 critic

Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop.

Director:

Writers:

(adapted from the novel 'Z' by), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 26 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 05 Aug 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 10 Nov 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 13 Dec 2012
 

Search for "Shanghai" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Shanghai (2012)

Shanghai (2012) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shanghai.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt
The Conjuring (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Now You See Me I (2013)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo
D-Day I (2013)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A team of experts dispatched to bring in The Most Wanted Man in India almost achieves the unthinkable ... until something goes horribly wrong.

Director: Nikhil Advani
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Arjun Rampal
Margin Call (2011)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Gangsters kidnap the prospective son-in-law of a politician in order to secure the release of an imprisoned gang-member.

Director: Sudhir Mishra
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Arunoday Singh
Table No. 21 (2013)
Adventure | Game-Show | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A couple live a mediocre life and are thrilled to have won an exotic vacation to Fiji & their excitement increases when they get a chance to play "Tell all truth" game for a mind boggling ... See full summary »

Director: Aditya Datt
Stars: Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal, Tena Desae
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A brilliant student starts hallucinating after moving into a room that was occupied by another who committed suicide.

Director: Prawal Raman
Stars: Sara Arjun, Rajvvir Aroraa, Aditya Banerjee
Kaun? (1999)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

While alone in the house, a woman hears news of serial killer on the loose. And then a stranger rings the doorbell...

Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, Sushant Singh
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Malvika Chauhan battles time to obtain & solve the clues to solve the various murders occurring in the city.

Director: Robby Grewal
Stars: Sushmita Sen, Lucy Bartholomew, Tushar Dalvi
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A British woman faces challenges while attempting to locate her father in India.

Director: Anurag Kashyap
Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Prashant Prakash, Naseeruddin Shah
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Jogi Parmar
...
T.A. Krishnan
Prasenjit Chatterjee ...
Dr. Ahmedi
...
Shalini Sahay
Supriya Pathak ...
Chief Minister Madamji
...
Mrs. Ahmedi
Anant Jog ...
Jaggu
Pitobash ...
Bhaggu
Farooq Shaikh ...
Kaul
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiran Karmarkar
Megh Pant ...
Damle
Chandrahas Tiwari ...
Vinod
...
Tina Ray
Edit

Storyline

Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop.

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (India)  »

Box Office

Budget:

INR 100,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First Banarjee film with music from a mainstream composer like Vishal-Shekhar. See more »

Connections

Remake of Z (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Imported Kamariya
Singers: Richa Sharma, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A brilliant subtle political thriller by Banerjee that deserves standing ovation
9 June 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Some five years ego when I first saw Kosta Gavra's classic political thriller "Z" I thought it has all the ingredients to be made into Indian scenario. Even though the film is five decades old the scenarios fits into contemporary India. It digs into the political machinery and their double standards as they talk about Industrial developments. With land acquisition, truth behind special economic zone (SEZs), red-tapism, bureaucratic machinery all molded in a thriller format had everything going for Indian audience. When Dibakar Banerjee announced Shanghai which is based on the Greek novel "Z' by Vassilis Vasilikos I was thrilled. Banerjee successfully adapted the novel and used it to portray a dark of political India.

Set in fictional BharatNagar "Shanghai" starts with Dr Ahmadi , a socialist worker being bumped off as he protest against the land acquisition and warns aam-janata to look into the real motives of the politicians and industrialists. Circumstances brought in Jogi Parmer, a rustic porn film maker who falls for the gori lady and how got himself caught in the web of deceit. It is through the investigation of Ahmedi's murder the journey of unmasking of those in the system begins as we came to know about the truth behind the game of industrialization. Symbolically it reflects the rotten Indian system in a realistic fashion which will shock audience and let them think. With India being claimed as potential future super power of the world the big shots inside the system is robbing her from within at every level leading towards a greater economic divide.

Dibakar Banerjee showed immense potential in earlier three films (khosla ka ghosla, oye lucky lucky oye, LSD) and each of them he used ample dose of dark humor to bring out some prevailing problem in the society. He does the same and succeeds in "Shanghai".He has compromised less interns of story telling and kept many scenes subtle enough for further interpretation. His detailing of sequences needs to applaud. Indeed he is one of the finest story teller of the country and together with Anurag Kashyap,Vishal Bhardwaj can elevate the Indian cinema whereby getting appreciation from world audience as something meaningful yet entertaining. Teaming up with Urmi Juvekar, the duo has done a splendid job in keeping the dialogs real, subtle yet catchy. Being a thriller the happenings keep you engaged to the screen. Like Kahaani this is another taut thriller which can compete with any world cinema. Nikos Andritsakis cinematography deserves standing ovation. His usages of occasional shakes, close-ups elevate the screenplay. The sepia tone set it perfect for the rustic India. Namratha Rao's editing is top notch and she proved that Kahaani was just not one flash in the pan. Vandana Kataria's production design is effective and creates the atmosphere for a dark, thrilling ride. Atul Mongia's unique ensemble casting needs recognition. Vishal-Shekhar's music works. "Bharat mata ki jaye" is true satirical song which is helped by some brilliant choreography.

Acting wise every single person involved has given a superlative performance. Emraan Hashmi as Jogi Parmer is revelation. He proved his detractors wrong and gave a new life to himself as he joined the league of meaningful cinema. Prior to this his mass films (though huge Hits) didn't get him accolades from all section of society but this film will make people realize his potential. Abhay Deol is a superb actor and as always he is at his subtle paced. He fits into a character like chameleon and together with the choice of films he makes he is there to make some change in Indian cinema. As IAS Krishnan he has given one of his career best roles. Just check the climax when he confronts with Farooq Sheik. The scene is a marvel and deserves standing ovation. Kalki Koechlin succeeds as the disturbed foreign return Indian Shalini. Her relationship with Dr Ahmedi as well as Jogi Parmer has been portrayed sensitively. Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee excels as socialist worker Dr Ahmedi. The movie surrounds his character and in a comparatively small role he leaves his marks. Pitobash as usual is exceptional. With Shor in the city, I am Kalaam and now Shanghai he will definitely land up in more meaty roles in near future. He is a power house of talent. Veterans Farooq Sheik and Supriya Pathak were always known for their acting potential and here also they lived up to their names. Tilottoma Shome as Mrs Ahemdi fits the bill as well.

Overall Shanghai is another powerful cinema which comes out from Bollywood. In a thriller mode it raises very pertinent questions on the way the Indian political system works. The film is dark, real yet entertaining that will keep the audience (though it might not appeal to many cine-goers who loves unreal commercial cinema) engaged till the end. It is another landmark film which is to be experienced, a masterpiece. Indeed it has all the stamps that are associated with a film which has been co-produced by NFDC.

P.S : I agree with the first reviewer in IMDb with the statement that one should watch this film "And next time you end up comparing why do Bollywood standards do not reach Hollywood, stay quite! You don't deserve a word!".. Indeed I think Kosta Govra would have been proud to see this adaptation


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
howz movie?? raj-cse2005
Discuss Shanghai (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?