Shanghai - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

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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Plot Summary

The ruling party wants to announce and start a project called 'India Business Park' before the elections due soon. This requires displacement of poor people who have little or no say in the matter. A professor from New York comes along to empower them only to be murdered in a way, which is made to look like an accident.

What Worked

  • The irony of 'Jai Pragati'
  • The item number is used well.
  • 'India Bana Pardes'
  • A shot in a gym with a three-panel mirror, with a bureaucrat (Abhay Deol), a sundry man-servant, and a politician (Farouque Shaikh) in a panel each.
  • Krishan's (Abhay Deol) disgust with his assignment.
  • The principal secretary's (Farouque Shaikh) comment on 'justice'

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • I didn't quite get why a prominent anti-establishment person can be murdered but a cog-in-the-wheel bureaucrat can't.
  • Shalini (Kalki Koechlin) goes to the maid's house and the conversation between a neighbor and her maid seems completely artificial.