Check out exclusive still of Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai

Read more on what Dibakar Banerjee’s most expensive film is all about

Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; February 16, 2012)
When you hear the title Shanghai, the first thought that comes to mind is Chinese superstar Jet Li or one of his peers flying across the screen showing off their prowess in martial arts. Nothing could be further from the truth though.

PVR Pictures and Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai is a political thriller based on the controversial topic of land grabbing and skewed redevelopment.

Made on a lavish budget, this mainstream film brings together two varied schools of acting with Abhay Deol (middle-of-the-road cinema) and Emraan Hashmi (hardcore commercial), both of whom have undergone a complete metamorphosis.

Dibakar, whose current stock is at an all timehigh courtesy National Award-winning cinema like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and the avant garde Love Sex Aur Dhoka (LSD), is presently working on the background score of Shanghai. Talking about his actors — Abhay plays a South Indian character called Mr Krishnan, and Emraan plays a hardcore wheeler-dealer called Jogi Parmar — Dibakar says, “I’m happy they trusted my script and did a 180-degree turn from their existing images. Who would have imagined Abhay sporting a moustache or Emraan moving away from his romantic image? Two other actors who are also brilliant in the film are Bengali superstar Prosenjit and Kalki Koechlin. Prosenjit is on the wrong side of 40, but all the women on my set found him drop-dead sexy. And Kalki, who was going through a personal low of sorts while shooting, was able to bring out trauma on screen so effectively.’’

Ajay Bijli of PVR Pictures says, “Shanghai is an extraordinary story, made even more powerful by Dibakar’s unmatched artistry. Casting Emraan and Abhay in leading roles was a masterstroke. We will deliver an entertaining and inspiring film for the audience.”

Shanghai is presented by PVR Pictures and releases on June 8.

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6 Comments

  1. Superstar SAM
    Superstar SAM
    February 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    wow, emraan looks awesome,
    another massy role for emraan, if the content is upto mark then looks like anther blockbuster in his kitty.

    Btw is thz smal budget movie r medium budget?

  2. Jasp the Wasp
    Jasp the Wasp
    February 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Waiting for this, Kahaani and London Paris New York among the smaller films.

  3. ragingbull
    ragingbull
    February 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    This sounds seriously good, waiting !!

  4. suprabh
    suprabh
    February 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Awesome!!

  5. KM
    KM
    February 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Bad news for Talaash if this is releasing a week after it.

    I really hope that they can release at a later date otherwise 1 or the other will lose out

  6. Gorilla
    Gorilla
    February 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    I think Abhay Deol is looking more exciting to me. This will be a winner :)

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