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Shanghai (2012)

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:

Dibakar Banerjee

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Vasilis Vasilikos (adapted from the novel 'Z' by), Urmi Juvekar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emraan Hashmi ... Jogi Parmar
Abhay Deol ... T.A. Krishnan
Prasenjit Chatterjee ... Dr. Ahmedi
Kalki Koechlin ... Shalini Sahay
Supriya Pathak ... Chief Minister Madamji
Tillotama Shome ... Mrs. Ahmedi
Anant Jog ... Jaggu
Pitobash ... Bhaggu
Farooq Shaikh ... Kaul
Ashok Pathak Ashok Pathak ... Auto Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arvind Goswami Arvind Goswami ... Agency Head
Kiran Karmarkar
Megh Pant Megh Pant ... Damle
Chandrahas Tiwari Chandrahas Tiwari ... Vinod
Scarlett Mellish Wilson ... Tina Ray
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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.

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Szanghaj See more »

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Budget:

INR 100,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

PVR Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emraan Hashmi sported a different look for the film, having dirty teeth and a paunch and won critical acclaim for his role and acting. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Dr Ahmedi lands and is giving an interview to the Journalist the scene switches to TV (showing the same interview), here it is obvious that the scene is shot at a different time since Dr Ahmedi's Beard is heavier in the TV scene plus the men standing at the back between the switch. See more »

Connections

Version of Z (1969) See more »

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Duaa
Singers: Nandini Srikar, Arijit Singh, Shekhar Ravjiani
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A Truly Well Made Film Which Belongs To The Director !!

Shanghai is a delight from head to toe. Dibakar Banerjee is without a doubt my favourite bollywood director of recent times. Already it's a hell of a job matching the standards of LSD, Oye Lucky and Khosla still he manages to pull off a gritty tale with such panache which compels me to compare him with the Hollywood great Quentin Tarantino. The city of Bharat Nagar is about to have a turn of fate as the ruling government tries to convert it into an infrastructure marvel but then there's a proclaimed personnel and social activist Aahmedi played by Bengal's very own Prosenjit Chatterjee. But the ruling party has other plans for him as he is brutally injured in a hit and run case which leaves Shalini(Kalki Koechlin) to fight it out to the find the truth behind the proclaimed accident. Imran Hashmi plays Joginder Parmar who's a videographer come pornographer who has some evidence that might help things fall into place for Aahmedi. The real kick comes when Krishnan(Abhay Deol) in given the responsibility to find out the truth. What works for Shanghai is that even though so much is going around all the time there is this definite attention given to each and every detail that you are just kept glued to the screen. Plus there is the fine twist in the end as well. The scenes without any background score, a Dibakar Banerjee trend I suppose, the gritty yet amicable screenplay everything is I personally love. You actually can feel through the scenes as they pass.

The performances are exceptional be it Abhay Deol, Kalki or even Hashmi as he steps inside shoes which one would never consider to fit him. But then that's the sheer genius of Dibakar Banerjee. Still though call me greedy I expected a little tiny bit more drama. But then nothing is perfect. After 'Kahaani' it is in my opinion the second best movie I have set my eyes upon in 2012. Take A Bow Mr.Director!


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