Shanghai - Preview
Visually appealing because of raw, rugged ambience and characters, Shanghai ultimately ends up being yet another political drama that chooses the quick-fix, short-cut. In a film that has shades in characters that are unique to Hindi cinema, the patch-up job in the writing of the climax is a serious let down.
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Even though I haven't completely enjoyed all of Dibakar Banerjee's films, I look forward to his next one. That's the intrigue he brings to the films he makes. And each one is a different genre.
This time we have a political thriller which looks exactly that through and through, right to the lyrics of the item number. I just hope the number actually has a role in the film other than the standard commercial purposes. If it's the latter, it would be truly disappointing.
But what is very unlikely to cover up for that is the magnificent cast. Finally, there is hope to see Emraan Hashmi in a role that might just prove what I always suspected, that he is a good actor. Meanwhile, there is the reliable Abhay Deol and I'm certainly warming up to Kalki Koechlin with each film.
Here's looking forward to a great two hours at the movies.