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Shanghai Reviews

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February 28, 2015
Excellent, best Bollywood movie seen in a while
June 27, 2013
An adaptation of 1969 French movie ' Z '. Shanghai is not a pure political thriller as it claims to be. In fact it deals more about the 'puppets' of politicians. A plot - It got everything you needed - a political killing, inside jobs, thugs, corrupted police officers, honest public servants and the helpless peasants. The script encounters the real kingpins very rarely. Most of the time it respects their positions, referring to them as ma'm or sir, not mentioning a name, and giving you a feel of their mightiness. It is one of those rare instances when the script itself starts behaving like the characters in it - scared to face the untouchables, thus not giving us a piece of conspiracy. Hence the cinematography here is clear, sharp, fancy and colourful, a visual treat, instead of a dark or a murkier frame which usually goes good with thrillers like this. The director had done an excellent job in making the Indian version. And casting is the best part. Each and everyone have done justice to their roles. A must watch.
June 15, 2013
Awesum flick...tells the story of Indian politics
Super Reviewer
½ April 29, 2013
This is a disgrace, an unashamed and very poor remake of Costa-Gavras classic political film Z. Watch the far superior original instead.
½ February 28, 2013
Based on a French novel and movie but looked and felt so realistic...toned to the Indian culture and audience.. could have been better.. .
February 25, 2013
Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop.
January 25, 2013
Amazing pace and intensity with rich details and decent twists. The corruption part of the story is not too novel compared to the stories involving politicians since 1980s. Yet, the movie is far more realistic for showing almost all characters with flaws (one hero a spineless bureaucrat, another into shooting pornography and with a paunch, the heroin with a shadowy past, the ideologue with extramarital affair etc) and a bizzare climax (where the heroes do not defeat the goons in a blaze of violence). Beautifully shot.
December 8, 2012
Felt like a low budget documentary.
½ November 5, 2012
A gripping political thriller with twists and suspense carrying till the end. The performances are great. The movie is made in a realistic way and it showed how political corruption and scams are involved. Hope Bollywood makes movies like this more and you should give this a watch for sure!
October 25, 2012 doubt its a dibakar banerjee film
½ September 30, 2012
A Political thriller - one of the best in world cinema. Based on the Vassilis Vassilikos novel 'Z' which had been already made into a Costas Gavras movie 'Z'. The story revolves round a suspected political assassination, and the protagonists' attempt to seek the truth behind it. Three people, an IAS officer who already had differences with the dead man (Abhay Deol), a former student and witness who had a complicated relationship with him (Kalki Koechlin), and a small-time videographer and porn-maker who claims to have some evidence of conspiracy (Emraan Hashmi). The plot is thick. The atmosphere is one filled with veiled threats, bureacratic indifferences and uncertainities that normal people face - indian politics in a nutshell. Watch for a tight script and solid performances.

Verdict: 4 1/2 stars. See it in theatres or a good home theatre system.
September 29, 2012
it only really engaged and proved more thrilling late into the second half of the movie. for sure this wasn't no popcorn fluffy bollywood flick but it gave the 'Im not a fluffy movie; Im a serious Hindi film with cred ' and that irritated me.

oh,and i just kept think abhay deol looked like sean liu qingyun in this movie.
August 21, 2012
A taut political thriller with brilliant performance make this movie worth a watch.
½ August 21, 2012
Even though its heart is in the right place and has an engaging last 20 minutes the at times pretentious and at times outright boring/predictable first 90 minutes lets down the movie in a big way.
½ August 18, 2012
Good movie. A satire.
August 6, 2012
Such an overrated movie....Emraan Hashmi is the only one who had done some semblance of a decent job. Fast coming to conclusion that Kalki Koechlin is not a good actress. And Abhay Deol? Wassup dude? Kya hogaya?
August 5, 2012
supposed to be a thriller, but it isn't.
½ July 29, 2012
Superb! Must-see!!! Worthy of an Oscar...
July 28, 2012
Take a bow once again, Mr. Banerjee. Special mention for Micky McCleary's background score
July 27, 2012
Best film of the year! Watch it today! Watch it right now. Dibakar - bravo!
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