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Welcome to the enthralling world of Bollywood, where dreams, drama, and emotions come to life on the silver screen. In this introduction, we delve into the gripping political thriller Shanghai, a captivating masterpiece that showcases the incredible talent of Emraan Hashmi, one of Bollywood's most versatile actors.

Directed by Dibakar Banerjee, the film Shanghai, explores the murky underbelly of Indian politics, corruption, and power struggles. The movie, which is based in the made-up city of Bharat Nagar, looks into the fallout from a vicious political assassination and the investigation that follows, which reveals a complicated web of deceit.

So buckle up and get ready to be dazzled by Emraan Hashmi's extraordinary performance in this film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, questioning the very foundations of power and morality.


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Movie name


Directed by

Dibakar Banerjee

Screenplay by

Urmi Juvekar, Dibakar Banerjee

Story by

(based on) Z by Vassilis Vassilikos

Produced by

Ajay Bijli, Dibakar Banerjee, Sanjeev K Bijli, Priya Sreedharan


Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol, Farooq Shaikh, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Pitobash Tripathy


Nikos Andritsakis

Edited by

Namrata Rao

Music by

Songs by Vishal-Shekhar, Score by Mikey McCleary

Production company

Dibakar Banerjee Productions, NFDC, PVR Pictures

Distributed by

PVR Pictures

Release date

8 June 2012






₹23 crore


The story revolves around a dynamic and idealistic social activist named Shalini, who is fighting against a powerful multinational corporation trying to build a mega shopping mall project in the heart of the city. Shalini strongly believes that this project will displace thousands of slum dwellers and destroy the cultural heritage of the area.

Helping Shalini in her quest is Krishnan, a street-smart videographer and aspiring journalist. Krishnan is determined to expose the truth and bring justice to the affected people. Together, they join forces with Dr. Ahmedi, a righteous and honest bureaucrat who holds a high-ranking position in the government.

As Shalini, Krishnan, and Dr. Ahmedi dig deeper, they uncover a web of deceit, political conspiracies, and dark secrets that involve powerful politicians, influential businessmen, and even the media. They realize that the mega shopping mall project is just the tip of the iceberg and that there is a far more sinister plot at play.

As the story unfolds, Shalini, Krishnan, and Dr. Ahmedi discover evidence of a high-level government cover-up that implicates several influential figures. They are determined to expose the truth, even if it means putting their lives on the line.

The climax of the film takes place during a public rally, where Shalini, Krishnan, and Dr. Ahmedi reveal the shocking truth to the masses. The rally turns into a battleground as the corrupt politicians and their henchmen attempt to silence them. In a thrilling climax filled with action and suspense, the protagonists fight against all odds to ensure that justice prevails.


Shanghai, directed by Dibakar Banerjee receive critical acclaim upon its release which was on 8th June 2012. The film premiered at the 13th edition of the IIFA Awards on 7th June in Singapore.


abhay deol and emraan hashmi in shanghai 2012One of the film's greatest strengths is its ability to keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout its runtime. The screenplay, written by Urmi Juvekar, is tightly woven, filled with suspenseful twists and turns that continuously raise the stakes. The pacing is brisk, allowing the plot to unfold gradually and effectively maintain the tension. Each scene carries a sense of urgency, driving the narrative forward and keeping viewers engaged.

The performances in Shanghai are exceptional, with the cast delivering nuanced portrayals of their characters. Abhay Deol shines as Krishnan, capturing the essence of a principled man battling against a corrupt system. Kalki Koechlin brings intensity and vulnerability to her role as Shalini, effectively portraying her determination and emotional turmoil. Emraan Hashmi surprises with his restrained yet impactful portrayal of Jogi, adding depth to his character. The chemistry between the actors is palpable, adding another layer of authenticity to the film.

Director Dibakar Banerjee deserves accolades for his skillful execution of the film's visuals and overall atmosphere. The cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis is top-notch, capturing the gritty and chaotic nature of Bharat Nagar while also highlighting its contrasting beauty. The use of dimly lit streets, bustling markets, and cramped alleys adds to the sense of realism and enhances the film's noirish feel.

According to Shubra Gupta (top critic) from the Indian Express, the movie is good. Except for the distance where Banerji telegraphs some of his punches, the majority of it is frightfully plausible, acutely observed, and acutely executed. As a result, Shanghai falls just short of being truly fantastic. 

The audience gave a score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes for Shanghai. 


emraan hashmi, abhay deol and kalki koechlin for first look of shanghai 2012


Character Analysis

Joginder Parmar, portrayed by Emraan Hashmi in the film Shanghai, is a pivotal character whose journey drives the narrative forward. Parmar is a videographer and political activist who becomes embroiled in a complex web of corruption and political intrigue. His character is integral to the film's exploration of power dynamics and the fight against injustice.

Parmar is initially introduced as a cynical outsider, seemingly disconnected from the political landscape surrounding him. He is depicted as a man who captures the raw truth through his camera lens, providing a glimpse into the corruption and moral decay within the system. Hashmi portrays Parmar's detachment with a sense of resignation, his facial expressions and body language reflecting a man weary from witnessing systemic oppression.

As the story progresses, Parmar's character undergoes a transformation. He transitions from a passive observer to an active participant in the pursuit of justice. This shift is triggered by the tragic death of a young woman he had grown close to. Hashmi effectively portrays Parmar's internal struggle and emotional turmoil as he grapples with guilt and a newfound sense of responsibility. Parmar's evolution showcases Hashmi's ability to convey complex emotions, emphasizing his character's growth and moral awakening.

One of the strengths of Hashmi's portrayal lies in his ability to capture Parmar's determination and resilience. Despite the obstacles he faces, Parmar becomes resolute in his pursuit of truth and justice. Hashmi brings a sense of intensity to Parmar's character, emphasizing his unwavering commitment and refusal to back down. His performance effectively conveys Parmar's drive and the personal sacrifices he is willing to make.

T.A. Krishnan is introduced as a man of integrity and high moral values. As an IAS officer, he genuinely believes in serving the people and making a positive impact on society. Krishnan's idealism is evident in his relentless pursuit of truth and justice, even when faced with powerful opposition. His unwavering commitment to his principles sets him apart and establishes him as a symbol of hope in a corrupt and manipulative system.

Despite facing numerous obstacles and threats to his life, he remains resolute in his mission. Krishnan's tenacity is evident in his meticulous investigation, his unwavering focus, and his refusal to be swayed by external influences. His relentless pursuit of justice becomes a driving force in his USP.

 Shalini Sahay is introduced as a vulnerable and emotionally fragile character. She is a young woman grieving the loss of her partner, Dr. Ahmadi, who was killed under mysterious circumstances. Kalki Koechlin brings out the deep emotional turmoil and pain that Shalini experiences, portraying her with authenticity and rawness. Shalini's vulnerability allows the audience to connect with her on an emotional level, emphasizing the human cost of political manipulation.

She embodies idealism and a desire for change. Despite her personal loss, she channels her grief into a pursuit of truth and justice. Shalini's idealism drives her to challenge the corrupt system and demand accountability. Kalki Koechlin brings a sense of conviction and passion to the character, making her portrayal of Shalini's empowerment inspiring and impactful.






Bharat Mata Ki Jai

Keerthi Sagathia, Mandar Apte, Chintamani Sohoni, R N Iyer, Bhupesh


Imported Kamariya

Richa Sharma, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani



Arijit Singh, Nandini Srikar, Shekhar Ravjiani



Shekhar Ravjiani, DJ Kiran, Raja Hasan



Raja Hasan


Mantra: Vishnu Sahasranamam (The Thousand Names of Lord Vishnu)

Srivatsa Krishna


emraan hashmi in the song bharat mata ki jai from shanghai 2012

Box Office Collection



Opening Day

3.35 crore rupees

End of Opening Weekend

12.10 crore rupees

End of Week One

17.50 crore rupees

Lifetime Collection

19.73 crore rupees



Year of ceremony




Filmfare Awards


Filmfare Award for Best Costume Design

Manoshi Nath & Rushi Sharma


IRDS Film Awards for Social concern


Best Direction

Dibakar Banerjee


Stardust Award 


Best Supporting Actor

Prosenjit Chatterjee


Mirchi Music Award for Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year


Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year

Arijit ingh


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