Shanghai – The movie
Another masterpiece delivered by Dibakar Banerjee (director of “Khosla ka Ghosla” & “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”) … Based on a novel “Z” the plot is set in a small town on the verge of so called “PROGRESS” at the expense of the cattle class. The story moves in the backdrop of Bharat Nagar soon to be converted to Shanghai. Without revealing the plot much, the movie delves into the murky and dangerous political games played by ministers and bureaucrats without conveniently removing obstacles or people in the way (either by bribing or murder).
Abhay Deol once again, as a South Indian (Madrasi :)) IAS officer, delivers a hard hitting performance …. Emran Hashmi (my favourite) in a very believable porn film maker’s character is amazing … Farooq Sheikh has still not lost his touch and is subtle but effective … Pitobash as Bhaggu (from the very first scene of the movie) is the surprise package as one of the small-time goonda … Kalki and rest of the characters fit perfectly in the plot.
Music by Vishal Shekhar & the song “Bharat Mata ki” stands out.
The movie is a wake up call for the masses and shows the other side of “PROGRESS” which we all choose to turn a blind eye.
Few movies are perfect and this one is both Subtle and Effective.