Movie Review: ‘Shanghai’ (**** Four Star)

 (By Akshat Sharma) Rarely do we find Bollywood taking a plunge into complex issues like politics. Dibakar Bannerjee with his latest offering ‘Shanghai’ shows the guts, instincts and skill as he decides to venture into the world of politics. ‘Shanghai’ is not a mellowed down depiction of  some political event that happens in the background but it is a hard hitting gut wrenching political thriller. Supported well by a battery of fine actors ‘Shanghai’ has catapulted Dibakar Bannerjee into a league of his own.

The story begins with Dr. Ahmadi (Prosenjit Chatterji) who meets an accident and the events that follow whip up emotions and passion in a town aptly named ‘Bharatnagar’  The residents this town are living in a promised land which has presence of the IBP (India Bane Pardes/ International Business Park) project that provide hope to people. The real face of this town is scarred by ‘Dengue and Malaria’ which represents the grotesque reality.

When Shalini played by Kalki Koechlin makes an entry on screen she dazzles audiences with her performance. She looks real as passionate person who can kiss and fight in the same vein.  Kalki is matched by Emraan Hashmi who plays the character named Jogi. He looks so convincing in this role that we refuse to believe that only thing to his credit till date is the tag of ‘Serial Kisser.

But the best performance comes from Abhay Deol who plays the role of an IAS Officer. Like a man character he stands firm on his ground and even in the politically charged world of Bharatnagar he is not willing to succumb to pressures and pulls. Abhay Deol’s stellar performance is the high point of this movie.

‘Shanghai’ is not a totally dark movie as it offers a glimmer of hope. The world may be corrupt and harsh realities may dampen the spirits of most enthusiastic people but in the end what matters is the strength of your character. It is amazing to find mainstream actors showing confidence in movies like this and they have certainly come up with a fantastic film.

Do not miss the movie if you believe that cinema is not only about dancing and silly entertainment.

Abhay Deol Wants Kalki Koechlin As His Wife !

Actor Abhay Deol’s recently confessed that he wished his co-star in three films Kalki Koechlin to be his wife! He dropped this bomb at JNU campus while interacting with the students studying in the University.

A student asked Abhay about his thoughts on Kalki and even he didn’t expect this answer from the actor. “Kalki is a great co-star to work with. Anurag is a lucky guy, I wish she was my wife,” he told a motley crowd of 200 students.

Carrying his point forward Abhay said, “She has such beautiful hair and such fair and lovely skin… I wish I was more like her.” Abhay and Kalki played lovers in ‘Dev D’ and ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and will be sharing screen space once again in Dibakar Banerjee’s political thriller ‘Shanghai’.

Sonam Calls Katrina Shameless

Sonam Kapoor loves to prattle about things but her habit to chat non-stop has landed her in trouble on occasions more than one. Her latest target is Bollywood’s hottest heroine Katrina Kaif. While speaking her heart out to a leading film journalist at Cannes she reportedly called Katrina ‘shameless’ which could be read as a left handed compliment.

Ms Kapoor told the journalist that she would like to give Katrina a bouquet of flowers.  When asked why would she do that Sonam replied  “I don’t know how she (Katrina) does that. You need a certain kind of commitment and a certain kind of shamelessness to do certain things. You get that may be with stardom or with confidence in your talent or with who you are as a person. I need to develop that before I do films like that.”

This is not the first time Sonam has landed in a soup for being a big mouth. On earlier occasions she joined issues with actress Aishwarya rai when she called her Áunty’. Then she hurled some harsh words at her co-star in Áisha’, Abhay Deol. Even veteran author like Shobha have not been spared by her. Sonam called her ’60 something porn writer’.

It seems Sonam Kapoor has become more skilled in verbal duels than in acting department. Good luck to her!