Shanghai (2012) Hindi Movie Review
SHANGHAI is a political thriller woven around much-battered terms ‘expansion’ and ‘development’. This sort of a deception has ensued before in various nations/states and it is these types of political misdemeanors that Dibakar dabbles with in SHANGHAI. SHANGHAI is an affluent work of art by a master storyteller. Most significantly, it’s a film of our times. It evokes myriad emotions in you. It leaves you horrified, distressed… it may even make you livid. I’d go to the extent of pronouncing that SHANGHAI is one of the bravest and most commanding movies of this decade. A contemporary film about our times, our lives.
Story : A political activist [Prosenjit Chatterjee] meets with an accident in an Indian city gearing up for elections. A lone girl [Kalki Koechlin] believes it to be a murder. A porn film maker [Emraan Hashmi] claims to have proof that will bring the government down. A high-ranking bureaucrat [Abhay Deol] is brought in by the government to control damage. The three of them blow the lid off the Indian dream called Shanghai.
Music : Vishal-Shekhar’s music is alright. ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is, of course, the track to watch out for, while ‘Imported Kamariya’ is passable. The background score does complete justice to the material on screen, while the cinematography captures the mood brilliantly.
On the whole, SHANGHAI is undeniably one of the most politically astute films ever made. It keeps you involved and concerned right from its inception to the harrowing culmination. This is not your usual Bollywood masala film, but a serious motion picture that has a voice, that makes you think, that makes a stunning impact. A must watch!