Here's why you SHOULD watch Shanghai!
In an industry where most directors slip up with every other film, Banerjee has shown both a versatility and a clarity in his filmmaking, and the trailers for Shanghai show that while it is probably his most ambitious project yet in terms of subject or scale, they also show that the director looks very comfortable with the subject.
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Image: Poster of Shanghai. Inset: Dibakar Banerjee
2. The source material
Banerjee's version takes the action to a porn-filmmaker, a high-ranking government official and a crusading young female journalist, among other things. The texture and flavour of the film look fascinating, and with a plot this meaty, they should have a winner just by colouring inside the lines.
Image: Poster of Z
3. The ensemble
Alongside Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechlin, there is Farooque Shaikh, Bengali cinema legend Prosenjit and Shor In The City find Pitobash Tripathy.
Prosenjit, in particular, has been cast in a critical role, and things are looking interesting for the actor's first Hindi project in several decades.
Image: Poster of Shanghai
4. The rebirth of Emraan
He was understated in last year's The Dirty Picture, effective in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai before that, and now, with Shanghai, the actor looks to be in seriously thespian territory. The trailers gravitate towards Hashmi who -- playing the film's leading man -- has a helluva role, and is currently looking great in the part.
Those who have seen the film can't stop raving about Emraan's performance and how it'll change his career. That one shot of him running frantically with a computer in his arms is enough to have us intrigued.
Image: Emraan Hashmi in Shanghai
5. The soundtrack
The rest of Vishal-Shekhar's decidedly ordinary soundtrack hasn't inspired much applause, but the film's background score, ah, that's another matter altogether.
Scored by Mikey McCleary -- best known for the Khoya Khoya Chand and Hawa Hawaii adaptations in Shaitan, and for the retro songs he'd tweaked for Banerjee's Coca Cola ads (remember the one with Imran Khan and Kalki?) -- the background score for Shanghai is quirky, grim and genuinely intriguing.
Image: Trailer of Shanghai