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Shanghai  (2012 - Hindi)

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Shanghai cumulative rating: 3.25 out of 53.25/5 (174 users)

Shanghai critics rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9/5 (9 critics)

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  • Deadly than Dengue or Malaria…

    Shanghai rating: 8 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 08 Jun 2012)

    In our Hind Film Industry where most of the directors stick to their particular genre or follow the fad, there are some directors who always try to experiment with new genre or different style of cinema. Film makers like Gulzar, Shyam Benegal, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ram Gopal Varma, Shimit Amin and many more try to focus on the subject which excites them without even thinking about the box office results. Dibakar Banerjee is also one such director from the recent lot who could have easily made light hearted films after the super success of his debut film Khosla Ka Ghosla. But instead of making different style and type of films like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye and Love Sex Aur Dokha, this time he ventures into a political thriller with good star cast and an eye catching title – Shanghai. Generally films on this subject have been either too loud commercial stuff or an out and out hard hitting intense drama. So let’s find out where this new genre of Dibakar Banerjee belongs?

    Story is based on Vasilis Vasilikos's novel 'Z’ and have been beautifully adapted to Indian scenario. This movie might remind you of some classics like Sashi Kapoor’s ‘New Delhi Times’ or Shabhana Azmi’s ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’. Screenplay is tight and has plenty of its moments in small scenes like Prosenjit firing the cop’s followed by his accident scene, Abhay Deol interrogating the cop in his office and later at police station, Farooq Shaikh and Abhay’s discussions, Abhay Meet with Supriya Pathak, dealing with Farooq Shaikh in party followed by the climax scenes. On the flip side, the movie might fail miserably on the massive level as it involves very high intelligence and thinking power. People might find the narration too slow, but as per me after a while it works in the favor of this film. All the characters are so perfect that one cannot image any other actors in these roles. Camera work is superb and captures the spirit of the film. Editing is perfect, watch out for the final scenes.

    Music by Vishal Shekhar has a killer track – ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ which immerged suddenly in the film, but loves the madness in it. Item song ‘Imported Kamariya’ is good. Khudaaya is another great song, but not shown in the film. Background music is powerful.

    Director Dibakar Banerjee ventures into a Political thriller {Please Read- It’s not a Murder Mystery of a suspense film, but an out and out Political Thriller.} with his own style and displays a wonderful creation on the silver screen. Its 100% guaranteed that the masses won’t even watch this film, forget liking it. But still the maker has done full justice to its plot and the theme of this film. He narrates the film on a snail pace {especially in the first half} but slowly that pace starts to grow on you and goes well with the film. Only one thing which I found was bit overdone was the constant celebrations on the streets. Barring few minor jitters we still wish to see more films based on different genre by this ace film maker.

    Abhay Deol looks fantastic in his character of Govt. Officer T. A. Krishnan. His South Indian accent, Body postures, moustache, clothes, expressions etc all works in favor of this character. He outshines everyone in the final scenes. Emraan Hashmi tries to do something different than his usual kissing and adult films. A message for all his loyal fans, try him in this avatar also – You might love him. Kalki is fine, but nothing great. Prosenjit, Pitabash, Supriya Pathak and Kiran karmarkar are fantastic in their parts. Farooq Shaikh in his small but important role is fabulous. Anant Jog and Tillotama are average.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hai bahut zyaada dum hai, but this film is like a ‘Sutli Bomb’ which takes time to explode, but when it explodes it makes a huge impact. A special mention to NFDC {A banner which has given us some of finest films of Indian Cinema} for co-producing this film and adding another feather to its fantastic cap. People who love Entertaining cinema might find a huge disappointment in this film, but for all those who love meaningful and good cinema, this movie will be more deadly than Dengue or Malaria and a great cinematic experience.

    Ratings : 3.75+/5

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