Shanghai is just about a week away from release and there is a definite message along with entertainment that director Dibakar Banerjee intends to demonstrate here. Though he is not yet making any huge patriotic declarations, he is of the view that as a country, India can definitely see a better future for itself, something that is also at the core of Shanghai.
“We have to keep our hope alive in India’s constitution”, says Dibakar, “We need to hope that one day the promise made to us and the belief that we have about a roof on every head is met. Basically there needs to be an ability to give our children the life, education and facilities that they deserve. We saw that dream in 1950 and we all know that we are getting there. Still, a lot has to be taken care of.”
He feels that the first step in this direction is to take those politicians at task who are taking the country for a ride.
“We are a country of 100 crore people and what is the worst part here is that we are allowing it to be run on the shoulders of those 1000 odd people. It’s because of their shamelessness that we are where we are. Look at these 1000 people, what’s their sheer percentage of Indian population? This is what is scr**ing us all over and the fact remains that we are letting themselves being sc**w over time and again. We are allowing them to get away with murder. If we can take care of these 1000 people then trust me, India would be a much better place to live.”
While one looks forward to that happening in real life, in reel life there are senior actors likes Prosenjit Chatterjee and Farooq Sheikh intending to bring all the more weight to the proceedings. Moreover, while it is a known fact that as Jogi Parmar, Emraan Hashmi would be seen in his elements (this time he is playing the part of a porn filmmaker), what has excited one and all is to see Abhay Deol playing a man much above his real age.
“As a member of the IAS, Abhay is playing this very highly positioned bureaucrat. However, he has his own predicaments to battle since he is being pushed and pulled by various forces, both from those who are above or below to him in power. But since his mandate is to get the job done, he battles on despite the episode bringing crisis in his career. Now he has a choice to make which is either go with the people who are rich and powerful or with commoners like us”, Dibakar divulges the plot here.
Well, it would be interesting to see which way does Abhay Deol swing once the film releases all over next Friday.
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