Shanghai (2012 film)
Shanghai is a 2012 Indian political thriller film co written, co produced and directed by Dibakar Banerjee, starring Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee, and based on the Greek novel "Z" by Vassilis Vassilikos. On 6 June 2012, the high court refused stay on the release of the film. It received critical acclaim upon its release on 8 June 2012. The film became moderately successful at the box office.
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|Directed by||Dibakar Banerjee|
|Produced by||Ajay Bijli|
Sanjeev K Bijli
|Screenplay by||Urmi Juvekar|
|Based on||Z |
by Vassilis Vassilikos
|Edited by||Namrata Rao|
|Distributed by||PVR Pictures|
|Box office||₹349 million (US$4.9 million) million|
The film is set in the fictional city of Bharat Nagar, which is hailed as an example of progress through infrastructure. State government is planning to build an International Business Park (IBP), making the city a Shanghai.
Bhaggu (Pitobash Tripathy) participates in the assault of a local bookstore owner who stocked the copies of Dr. Ahmadi's (Prosenjit Chatterjee) latest book, which criticises the local political party Morcha for ignoring the plight of the poor in its quest for infrastructure. Ahmadi, a socialist academic, is scheduled to visit Bharat Nagar for a speech. Shalini (Kalki Koechlin), a former student of Ahmadi, is part of a small group that struggles to raise awareness about the underside of the local party's platform. Jogi (Emraan Hashmi) works in a video shop of questionable repute with the owner Vinod (Chandrahas Tiwari). Krishnan (Abhay Deol), an IAS officer, who is the favourite of the Chief Minister (Supriya Pathak), is assured by Principal Secretary Kaul (Farooq Sheikh) of a promotion and a trip to Stockholm.
Ahmadi arrives from New York City and delivers a scathing speech against the establishment. A mob gathers and attacks his associates. Ahmadi is run over by a Tempo driven by Jaggu (Anant Jog), who is arrested. Ahmadi winds up comatose in a hospital. Shalini is confident that this was a planned attack. Vinod informs Jogi that he has incriminating evidence against the IBP and wants to sell Shalini the tape. Dr. Ahmadi's wife Aruna (Tillotama Shome) agrees to lead a media campaign demanding the truth, though she seems uninterested. The campaign forces the CM's office to set up an inquiry commission headed by Krishnan. Krishnan finds that the police are hiding evidence, so he summons SSP Chavan (Chinmay Mandlekar), who is also uncooperative.
Shalini meets with Vinod but leaves when Vinod says that he won't give the video for free. Later, Vinod is found dead in what looks like an accident. At a later Morcha rally where Jogi is filming, Damle, head of the local party leader Deshnayak's (Kiran Karmarkar) men, informs him that he knows about the tape, subtly threatening him. Jogi is about to pack up and leave town, but he and Shalini discover the identity of the goons. Shalini and her group presents Krishnan with the CD of evidence linking IBP goons to the accident. After viewing it, Krishnan sends out a summons to the leader Deshnayak, who rejects it in a public rally, sparking up a riotous mob. Shalini visits Jogi, and Morcha thugs attack the studio. Jogi and Shalini manage to escape and hide out on the roof until morning. In the chaos of the riots, Bhaggu is found dead, ostensibly killed by Damle's men because of Bhaggu's had threatened Damle that he would spill the beans about attack on Dr. Ahmadi as Damle had not paid the fee for Bhaggu's English classes and was not answering his repeated calls.
Shalini receives a panicked call from her maid Gauri, who says that Gauri's family is in danger. Shalini and Jogi sneak over to Gauri's place, where it is revealed that Jaggu is Gauri's husband. Jogi remembers that Vinod kept a backup of the incriminating video, and sneaks back to the studio to get it. Krishnan meets with the Chief Minister about the inquiry. The Chief Minister, buoyant because she has an opportunity to eventually become Prime Minister, presents Krishnan with the approval of his Stockholm trip, and a high promotion. She also asks Krishnan to stop the probe and hand over all his findings to the CID of the State Police, which shall now investigate the case further.
Jogi finds the CPU amid the studio's wreckage and has a narrow escape from the thugs chasing him. They all show Krishnan the video, which establishes that Deshnayak conspired to have Ahmadi killed and the Chief Minister was complicit in this plan. Krishnan confronts Kaul with the truth, and Kaul threatens to ruin Krishnan's career. Undeterred, Krishnan blackmails Kaul, until Kaul finally leaves to talk to the Home Minister's secretary. In the hospital, Ahmadi's family decide to take him off life support.
An epilogue explains the fate of the major characters: Krishnan refused the chance to go to Stockholm to ensure that a national investigation is opened up as per his plan. Jogi escaped Bharat Nagar but as a pornographer wanted by the police. He is declared untraceable. Shalini wrote a book about the conspiracy, but it is banned in India. In the closing scene, Jaggu is operating a bulldozer demolishing old homes for IBP. A poster carries Aruna's picture with the slogans, "Chief Minister for all, IBP for all."
- Abhay Deol as T. A. Krishnan, senior IAS official
- Emraan Hashmi as Joginder Parmar, an adult film maker
- Prosenjit Chatterjee as Dr. Ahmadi, a social activist
- Kalki Koechlin as Shalini Sahay
- Supriya Pathak as Chief Minister Madamji
- Pitobash Tripathy as Bhagu
- Farooq Sheikh as Principal Secretary Kaul
- Tillotama Shome as Mrs. Aruna Ahmedi
- Chinmay Mandlekar as SSP Chavan
- Anant Jog as Truck Driver Jaggu
- Naveen Kasturia
- Chandrahas Tiwari as Vinod
- Scarlett Mellish Wilson as item number "Imported Kamariya"
- RamaRao as Line Producer
- Arvind Goswami as Unit Production Manager
- Naveen Kasturia as Assistant Director
- Aman Dhillon as Assistant Director
- Risheeka Upadhyay as Assistant Director
- Atul Mongia as Casting Director
- Vinod Rawat as Casting Associate
- Vandana Kataria as Production Designer
- Shabbir Shaikh as Production Manager
- Aniket More as Local Coordinator, Locations, Action Cars & Transportation Coordinator
- Mansi Aggarwal as Choreographer
Filming started in May 2011 in Latur, Maharashtra. The first look was released on 5 April 2012. Shanghai premiered on 7 June 2012 at the IIFA awards in Singapore. The film was released in Bengali in a few locations.
Madhureeta Mukherjee of ToI gave it 3.5 out 5 stars and said "Whether Shanghai is off-beat or mainstream is debatable, but if you thrive on rustic realistic cinema, however heavy-duty – this (Shanghai) is your pick". Suparna Sharma of The Asian Age rated the movie with 4.5 out of 5 stars: "Director Dibakar Banerjee loves this country dearly and Shanghai is his guttural, anguished wail. But being the super-smart, light-touch director that he is, he conducts the last rites of our beloved country to the loud, cheery strains of the song Bharat Mata ki, Bharat Mata ki... we are in mourning, but we are conducting Bharat Mata’s antim sanskar in a medieval fashion. We are dancing, screaming... And though the lyricist has added “jai bolo” at the end, that’s not the sentiment of this song, or our mourning, or the film. The correct rendition of this song would end with the words “le lo”.Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the movie with 4 out of 5 stars: "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!". Mathures Paul of The Statesman gave three and a half out of five stars and wrote "Dibakar Banerjee succeeds in cranking up the tension effortlessly..." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 saying "'Shanghai' is consistently watchable... It’s a good film from one of Hindi cinema’s most exciting filmmakers, just not great."
The song "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" (Victory for Mother India) had irked a group called Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, whose president Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga tweeted: “We are giving open warning to Shanghai Director to remove Bharat Mata Ki Jai song from the movie. Otherwise movie will be banned... We strongly condemn the lines Bharat Mata ki jai Sone ki Chidiya, Dengu, Maleria, gud hai Gobar bhi, Bharat Mata Ki jai (sic).”
After a gap of 2 years, this was the first Hindi, rather Indian film to be screened in Baghdad. It was critically acclaimed there, exceeding gross expectations.
- Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design (2013) – Manoshi Nath & Rushi Sharma
- IRDS Film Awards for Social concern, 2012: Best direction – Dibakar Banerjee
- Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor (2013) – Prosenjit Chatterjee
- Mirchi Music Award for Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year (2012) – Arijit Singh
Shanghai had a poor first day as it collected around 9–10.5 million net on its first day. The film has just managed average collections at some high end multiplexes of metros during the first weekend, but the box office sales increased the subsequent week. Shanghai showed growth on Saturday of around 25%–30% as it collected in the 4-42.5 million nett region, but it needed much bigger growth as the starting level was so low. Shanghai collected around 7.25–75.0 million nett in two days which is not good. It fell flat on Sunday as collections could not grow as they did on Saturday; it grossed around 120 million nett over the weekend. The approximate breakdown on the weekend are 32.5 million nett on Friday, 42.5 million nett on Saturday and 45.0 million nett on Sunday. Shanghai had a low Monday as it collected around 17.5 million nett. The drop from Friday is less than 50% but collections are too low for a film released on nearly 1000 screens. Overall the movie was moderately successful.
Shanghai was dull overseas grossing around $325,000. The film did not release in UK.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The album is composed by Vishal-Shekhar. It received positive responses. Musicperk.com rated it 8/10 quoting "That makes a Hat-Trick for V-S. Must Buy." The review by Music Aloud said "After that brilliant start to 2012, Vishal Shekhar continue their good form, spinning off another winner" and rated it 8/10. Lyrics are penned by Dibakar Banerjee, Neelesh Misra, Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani and Anvita Dutt.
|1.||"Bharat Mata Ki Jai"||Vishal-Shekhar||Keerthi Sagathia, Vishal Dadlani, Mandar Apte, Chintamani Sohoni, R N Iyer, Bhupesh||4:06|
|2.||"Imported Kamariya"||Vishal-Shekhar||Richa Sharma, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani||3:58|
|3.||"Duaa"||Vishal-Shekhar||Arijit Singh, Nandini Srikar, Shekhar Ravjiani||4:20|
|4.||"Khudaaya"||Vishal-Shekhar||Shekhar Ravjiani, DJ Kiran, Raja Hasan||2:57|
|5.||"Morcha"||Vishal-Shekhar||Raja Hasan, Vishal Dadlani||3:32|
|6.||"Bharat Mata Ki Jai (Remix)"||Vishal-Shekhar||Vishal Dadlani, DJ Kiran, Keerti Sagathia||3:15|
|7.||"Khudaaya (Remix)"||Vishal-Shekhar||Shekhar Ravjiani, DJ Kiran||3:26|
|8.||"Mantra: Vishnu Sahasranamam (The Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu)"||Vishal-Shekhar||Srivatsa Krishna||4:55|
The satellite rights of Shanghai have been sold for ₹ 8 crore and the music rights for Rs 2.75 crore. Also, 20% of theatrical rights have been sold for ₹ 4 crore.
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