Shanghai - External Reviews

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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38 reviewers have given Shanghai an average rating of 4.3/5.0 (?)

29 yays
2 nays
7 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna M.M.Vetticad , annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Shanghai is both funny and frightening. In spite of the unrelentingly grim goings-on, the satirical asides made me laugh intermittently... full review

Thumbs up by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...Dibakar and Urmi Juvekar weave a very taunt tale which is gripping and engaging but minus the frills one usually notices in our cinema... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...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! ... full review

Thumbs up Buzz in Town ...The strength of "Shanghai" is its tight screenplay by Urmi Juvekar and Dibakar Banerjee and the meticulous details leave no scope for arguments. What adds to the flavour is excellent cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis and the marvellous use of sound, both ambient and otherwise, to build up the tension in the political drama.... full review

Thumbs up by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...A valiant & hard hitting effort this one, its a well made film backed by exemplary performances but just falls short somewhere.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony Dcosta, Desi Martini ...This is by far Dipakar Banerjees best film and is a perfectly crafted and well designed thriller. I would credit the editor Namrata Rao for the therav and rhythm that the film has.... full review

Thumbs up by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Brilliant and hard hitting... full review

Thumbs up by Smita, Desi Martini ...Shanghai is a well-made movie. It boasts a tight story, a highly-strung screenplay, a suspense ridden ending that is so extremely understated that you dont realize how much of your finger you have chewed up and some first rate acting from the cast.... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai walks the thin line between mainstream and meaningful cinema, and does so beautifully... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Through this political drama we see the minutiae of a complex network of deceit and depravation from which nobody can come out unscathed.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...SHANGHAI is his latest proof of how to enamor the viewer with a realistic plot shot within the framework of the buzz, grime and crime of everyday life.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, ...People who love Entertaining cinema might find a huge disappointment in this film, but for all those who love meaningful and good cinema, this movie will be more deadly than Dengue or Malaria and a great cinematic experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Shanghai warms up slowly, so you need to have patience — especially in the first half. But the pleasure of the film is in the details... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H. Kajalwala, India Entertainment ...Sketched with infinitesimal detailing, the film seems like a textbook in visual storytelling. If he milks sound and visuals to the maximum, he also invests it with a subtle symbolism that makes for an enriching viewing we seldom experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...Shanghai is an angry outburst packaged well with wry humour. It is the heartland political thriller that several among the Bollywood lot have tried to make lately but didn't quite have the guts to... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Shanghai is a good film. Most of it is scarily plausible, sharply observed and sharply executed, except that distance which has Banerji telegraph some of his punches, making Shanghai stop just this short of being great... full review

Thumbs up by Mrigank Dhaniwala , koimoi ...Dibakar Banerjee’s direction is excellent. He spins a drama that is both, entertaining and thought-provoking.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...It is enjoyable as well as perturbing—it does not let you leave the theatre cathartic or brain-dead. What a treat.... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Shanghai is a thoroughly riveting and, ergo, entertaining experience in its form of a political thriller. At no point does the message supersede drama... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Shanghai is a no-frills but searing political thriller that is under-wired with intelligence and nerve, both cinematic and ideological... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...A mature, serious film that engages, thrills and amuses... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...The first half of the film might seem slow, but Banerjee sets it up beautifully and the second half flows smoothly, thanks to the fact that he’s established characters and situations so well. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra , Sify Movies ...a film that’s as much a biting political thriller as it is a comment on corruption and the concept of development. This is one of those rare films that is as pertinent as it is compelling.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...The background score is lovely and so also the cinematography. The movie's street songs and dance are catchy and entertaining.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...With not a single dull moment and every department in fine form, this is tour de force filmmaking.... full review

Thumbs up by on on on on on on on on Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...Whether Shanghai is off-beat or mainstream is debatable, but if you thrive on rustic realistic cinema, however heavy-duty - this is your pick... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Desai, Upper Stall ...The sound design (by Pritam Das) is colossal, as it should be, in a film that rightfully ignores a background score altogether.... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Banerjee gets solid performances from his lead cast Abhay, Emraan and Kalki. Prosenjit manages to impress even in his small role. With 'Shanghai' Dibakar Banerjee proves once again that he knows his craft... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, ZEENEWS.COM ...‘Shanghai’ brings together a splendidly scripted plot, consummate acting and incisive irony... full review

So-So by amodini, Amodini's Movie Reviews ...while it is a good film, it has little overtly commercial appeal; it is slow-moving in the first half and the narrative is carried forward mostly by subtle dialogue.... full review

So-So by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Shanghai is a film that makes a social statement without being cynical. It’s a well-crafted, well-written movie that sets you thinking. But it doesn’t hit you where it hurts the most. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...SHANGHAI remains a fine political thriller but not a great one and certainly not a film made for the masses. It lacks the entertainment factor needed to win over the viewers and it also doesn’t have the pace of an energetic powerful thriller... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...This is not Dibakar Banerjee's best work, but is worth a watch. Shanghai will make you flinch and squirm, and remind you that this country is going to the dogs (read politicians), literally, unless you can do something about it. ... full review

So-So Movie Talkies ...'Shanghai' is not a typical masala entertainer and a movie-goer might be justified in complaining that the pace of the film is a tad slow and that there is not much in terms of entertainment value. However, having said that, Banerjee's latest offering makes for a powerful impact.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Shanghai, at just being an expose may not be a complete massy affair but it does make for a compelling one time watch, especially for the outstanding performances.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Malani, Times of India ...Shanghai is a story that one has witnessed several times before in cinema. What makes it a decent watch then is Dibakar Banerjee's offbeat take on the subject and impeccable understanding of the milieu.... full review

Thumbs down by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...Shanghai is a hugely disappointing film that’s superfluous and unduly serious in its tone. It just scratches the surface of an important contemporary issue while telling an un-engaging tale.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, The Hindu ...look past these dazzling details, and we get a hollow shell of a film that’s about as “timely” as yesterday’s newspaper.... full review