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Movie Review, Shanghai

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Movie , Shanghai
Producer, Ajay Bijli, Dibakar Banerjee, Priya Sreedharan, Sanjeev K Bijli
Director, Dibakar Banerjee
Star Cast, Emraan Hashmi.... Jogi Parmar, Abhay Deol.... T.A. Krishnan, Farooq Sheikh.... Kaul
Kalki Koechlin.... Shalini Sahay, Pitobash Tripathy.... Bhaggu, Prosenjit Chatterjee.... Dr. Ahmadi
Supriya Pathak.... Chief Minister Madamji, Anant Jog.... Jaggu, Tina Ray.... Item Number, Tillotama Shome.... Mrs. Ahmedi, Kiran Karmarkar.... Morcha Leader
Music Director, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani

Singers, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Dibakar Banerjee, Raja Hasan, Kirti Sagathia, Richa Sharma

Arun Ingle, Mandar Apte,Chintamani Sohoni,Nandini Srikar,Arijit Singh, Srivatsa Krishna

A Film! An Indian Film! Oh well, an ‘Indian Politics’ Film! Sounds cliché! But this one might be an exception – that’s what one might feel from the trailers and promotions of our newbie political drama Shanghai. A film on Indian Politics usually consists of the following ingredients – a city/village, a hardcore patriot (can be anything from a politician, a police officer to a superstar), a damsel in danger, a turn-the tables influential person (can either be a politician or a police officer), few businessmen, and a strong-willed brave patriot who manages to survive everything perilous situation. Well, Shanghai has a li’ll but of all of these.

The father of brain tickling comedies like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Love Sex aur Dhokha presents yet another masterpiece this time, named Shanghai. The ones seeking the same comedy quotient might be disappointed, as this is more of a serious one. For an issue so heavily complicated as the Indian Political System, the movie is a bit of slow-runner, and takes more than half the film to reach to the point. But as it does, it turns out to be a sucker-punch reality.

So here we have one imaginary town called Bharat Nagar, on the brink of a makeover, which is likely to make a Shanghai out of it, under the supervision of a coalition government headed by Madamji (Supriya Pathak) – the Chief Minister. But as every big project has its own hurdles, here we have a Dr. Ahemadi (Prosenjit Chatterjee) coming the way of the ‘Jay Pragati’ of Bharat Nagar, with his dedicated disciples, trying to convince the town people to not to give away their lands and homes to the politicians.

The story gains momentum when Dr. Ahemadi is killed in a road accident, about which Ahemadi’s student, lover and follower Shalini Sahay (Kalki Koechlin) is certain that it was planned. A local videographer, Jogi Parmar (Emraam Hashmi) offers help, getting himself engaged in the big picture. This happens amidst police security, which brings an honest simpleton IAS Officer T.A. Krishnan (Abhay Deol) in the picture, made in-charge of a commission to report the incident, with explanations, to the Chief Minister. The investigations and revelations form the crux of the entire political drama in the film.

Shanghai isn’t exactly the complete entertainer, as any movie-goer might claim that it advances with a very slow pace, with nothing much to add to the entertainment quotient. However, the movie presents a wonderful camera work, a crisp script, suitable background score and spine-curling performances.

Abhay Deol, however, fails to make the Tamilian impact through his deliberate effort at the accent. One of the most talented screen actors as he is, he shines as the no nonsense IAS officer, who is torn between his job and his duty. He keeps his character as simple as he can, yet outdoes the rest of them with his body language, proving yet again that he can effortlessly get under the skin of the character.

Emraan Hashmi is a surprise package, as this time he plays a sleazy migrant, with bad teeth and poor mannerisms, instead of a sophisticated guy or a playboy. Though his appearance might make you cringe your nose by the mere thought that this guy is known to be a serial kisser in bollywood, he comes out of the closet very well, as the film advances, and gives a power-packed performance.

Prosenjit and Kalki, though play very strong characters in the film, the director avoids getting into the depths of their backgrounds. Yet they hold on to their respective characters very well. However, Dibakar yet does a wonderful job at direction and the narrative. Unlike other directors who would have given a whole lot of melodrama between the characters, and not to mention the war between good and the evil, he chose to keep to the authenticity and the credibility of the plot.

So, if you are looking for a movie where the heroes use wit over might, then Shanghai is the one for you.

 

 

 

 

•Last Updated• ( ••Monday•, 01 •October• 2012 21:26• )  

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