We always used to have students in our class who used to top each year and after some time only had to compete with themselves. Dibakar Banerjee is one such student of cinema who continues to excel no matter on which pitch he is. And now after 3 movies his movies can be compared only to the ones which he has made.
Shanghai, a political thriller is completely different from what he has made before and he certainly hits the bullseye.
Will not indulge too much on the plot which actually is nothing different from any previously made good vs bad movies. But its the execution of the tight screenplay that leaves the impact. The climax is also predictable but still one will find it striking the right notes. The director also gets a competent technical team doing a great job. The movie is crisply edited, well lighted and the art director should get a standing ovation. Dibakar's penchant for details were even visible in his previous movies and this time its no different.
Few scenes worth mentioning are the entire interrogation episode done by Abhay Deol, Abhay Deol's interaction with Farooq Shiekh in the climax, Emraan Hashmi and Kalki running amidst a burning Bharatnagar and many crowd scenes.
It is said that good casting is half job done and as always Dibakar gets it bang on this time as well. All the small characters have done a good job whether its Pitobash, Anant Jog or tillotama. Among the major players Kiran Karmarkar is good, Supriya Pathak is competent,Farooq Sheikh as always a pleasure to watch. Kalki could have been better and finally its the 3 men in the movie who stands out Prosenjit as left activist is terrific and watch out for his speech which never goes over the top, Abhay Deol adds yet another feather to his cap , he is restraint as required and you could feel the growth in his character through his eyes, this brings to us the man who steals the show hands down Emraan Hashmi, his look and body language is outstanding and he spices it up with a first rate performance. Watch him making those moves in the song "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", one of the coolest moment in the movie.
So Dibakar Banerjee yet again gets a salute from me and he surely is in the league of Shyam benegal, Govind Nihlani, Saeed Mirza and many other legends. This time he moves a step forward by making something which is commercial without compromising.
The movie may not end up earning crores but would be part of my DVD collection. Waiting for your next SIR.....
P.S-Watching the 4 alphabets on big screen for the first time was equally enriching N-F-D-C.