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Elections happen every now on then. A lot of things are promised to the junta by the netas but life is still as hellish as it was before. Many have promised to transform urban areas like Mumbai, Delhi etc into world class cities. Townships and mall are coming up providing the most modern amenities which in turn will bring ‘progress’. But at what cost? Poor people are being displaced and shunned so that modern buildings can come up. Dibakar Banerjee’s latest venture Shanghai throws light on this extremely relatable topic and turns it into an exciting fare. Surely one of the most impactful films of 2012!
The story of the movie: The film is set in the town of Bharat Nagar. The ambitious International Business Plan (IBP), the brainchild of the chief minister (Supriya Pathak) and her coalition partner (Kiran Karmarkar) is expected to turn the fortunes of the town. However, Dr Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterjee) realizes that it would lead to the displacement of hordes of poor people and hence tries to enlighten them about the same. Ahmedi meets with an accident and her protégé, Shalini (Kalki Koechlin) is convinced it was an attempt to murder. She tries to convince about the same to T A Krishnan (Abhay Deol), who is heading the committee called by the chief minister to investigate the case, but Krishnan refuses to listen. Jogi Parmar (Emraan Hashmi), video shooter-cum-porn filmmaker approaches Shalini with information that will prove her right. But her fight would be against the rich More >
WILL SHANGHAI MEET THE EXPECTATIONS?
Few films excite viewers as soon as it’s announced. Shanghai was one of them. It’s Dibakar Banerjee’s film who has given some great films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (OLLO) and Love Sex And Dhokha. The film also marks the return of Dibakar and Abhay Deol, after OLLO. And most importantly, this is the first time that we’ll get to see **Emraan Hashmi in Dibakar’s film and also Emraan in such a serious hard-hitting drama! Moreover, his character of Jogi Parmar has more chances of clicking than Jannat 2’s Sonu Dilli KKC. The actor also dons an impressive look and got a paunch for the role, something that very few actors would dare to do.
The film is an OFFICIAL ADAPTATION of a Greek novel ‘Z’ and also inspired from the ‘lets-turn-Mumbai-into-Shanghai’ notion that was in vogue few years back. The trailer was extremely impressive and not only classes, but masses too are interested in the film. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ song rocks! And thankfully, it won’t be edited from the final cut of the film!
The film is moderately budgeted and excitement is there. Opening might not be huge but should be satisfactory and film should grow by word of mouth. Last week’s release Rowdy Rathore is still going strong in theatres and hence Shanghai might not get many screens. However, Shanghai still does have a chance because of its stellar cast and Dibakar. A lot of hopes are pinned on Shanghai by all those expecting top-notch qualitative films. Here’s More >
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; June 3, 2012)
A director shares a special bond with his film, just like a mother with her child. Thus, when it comes when it comes to nuturing his baby (read editing the film), a filmmaker is mostly blinded by emotions and is unable to do so logically.
The same holds true for the talented director Dibakar Banerjee. But if the director has succeeded in shaping Shanghai just right, it is thanks to the four talented women in his life — Priya Sreedharan, the producer, Urmi Juvekar, co-writer, Vandana Kataria, the production designer and Namrata Rao, the editor.
Banerjee attributes his success to these four women. The director admits, “My success story are these four talented women. They together help create, maintain and ruthlessly cut my film to bring it to the present shape.”
The director can’t imagine what the work environment and organisational skills would be without them. He adds, “One day, while working, I suddenly realised that I have more women than men in my team. And they make a significant contribution to my films. In fact, the only male member in our team is our production executive. Even my director of photography is a male, but he is the handsome guy from Greece.”
Talking further about the women in his work life, he says, “Working closely with them I have realised that women handle work very systematically. And they have excellent communication skills and sound knowledge to put across information in the right fashion. There is a More >
By Joginder Tuteja, Jan 28, 2012 – 13:02 IST
Dreams of Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol to make a date with audience on Republic Day had been quashed. Originally slated to arrive day before yesterday (26th January), the film now continues to wait for its arrival in theatres.
“It is disappointing that Shanghai hasn’t released as planned”, comments an industry insider, “The kind of topical theme that it boasts of where it hits hard on the issue of corruption, Shanghai is director Dibakar Banerjee’s dream project. He really wanted it to come on Republic Day since that would have gone well with the film’s marketing and promotional plan as well.”
However, announcement from Karan Johar around Agneepath led to some rethinking due to which producers PVR Pictures decided to reschedule the film’s arrival. The film’s release now finds itself in a quandary since there is no new date announced yet.
“The film’s shoot is complete but there are other factors to be looked at”, comments a trade expert, “Emraan’s Jannat 2 and Raaz 3 are scheduled in May and August respectively. Makers of Shanghai have to now work around these months. However, Emraan would be wary if the film comes anywhere in between since it would be impossible to promote three films back to back. However, there is no issue expected from Abhay’s end since he hasn’t signed too many projects and is relatively available.”
For Dibakar, it would be quite some thinking to do now. Though it is being speculated whether he would be More >