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Directed by : Dibakar Banerjee

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  • Critics Rating 3.8/5
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A small town somewhere in India is poised to become the next Shanghai. Billions of dollars are being poured into an upcoming International Business Park. On the eve of its launch a drunk truck driver mows down a prominent social activist. A lone girl believes it to be a murder, supported by a porn film maker who claims to hav...more


“The movie packs some great acting and splendid direction. The raw and real storyline makes Shanghai a must watch. Go for it!”

Shanghai Box Office

  • Gross: INR 23.60 cr.
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Shanghai Audience Review

Dark, Depressing, Devastating

| by Diptakirti Chaudhuri |
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Bad habits are easier to catch. Rowdy Rathore, for example. How easy it is to forget the mind-numbing corruption, inefficiency and governmental apathy that exists all around us and watch Akshay Kumar twirl his mouche instead. And slowly we get used to the 'mindless entertainment' that has become a virtue in Bollywood.
Dibakar Banerjee does not do that. He makes a film that makes you think. A film that makes you cringe. A film that grabs you by the balls, looks you in the eye and says, "Bugger, think. You have 400 grams of maal between your ears. Use it."
The script (by Urmi Juvekar and Dibakar Banerjee himself) crackles with intelligence and intensity. It makes a slow start but picks up speed and several seemingly disparate strands to reach a damning climax.
Shanghai is also a film studded with brilliant performances. It is easy to talk about Emraan Hashmi (whom Raja Sen has called the Best Actor of 2012, for good reason), Abhay Deol's superb Tamil accent or Kalki and Prasenjit's intensity. But it is the array of peripheral characters that raise the film to another level. Farooque Shaikh and Pitobash, for example, in small parts turn in powerhouse performances.
Like always, Dibakar Banerjee gets the nuances of small-town India perfectly just as he gets the bureaucratic machination bang-on.
Overall, Shanghai is a film that is not easy. No answers. No happy endings. No riding into the sunset. It is a film that depresses you with its content but you also feel glad there are such strong, bold voices in India. And that is why we will never become Shanghai.