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Shanghai Movie Review

Shanghai
Shanghai Rating: 3.8/5

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai is a crisp, take-no-prisoners drama about seeking justice in the complex landscape of the Indian democracy. The film benefits from the compelling performances of its cast and the director’s sharp eye for detail while narrating a simplistic, and at times predictable story that traces the inevitable nexus between Indian politics and crime.The grand revelation in the end is a tad underwhelming, and the big evidence far too conveniently acquired. Yet, Shanghai is consistently watchable despite these lapses. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five for Dibakar Banerjee’s 'Shanghai'. It’s a good film from one of Hindi cinema’s most exciting filmmakers, just not great.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
Political thrillers are a much abused genre, but it's not frequently that movies confer us with what SHANGHAI offers: A political thriller wherein the politics seizes precedence over the thriller element. It's more of a reality check about where India stands in the present day. Most significantly, it's a film of our times. It evokes myriad emotions in you. It leaves you horrified, distressed… it may even make you livid. I'd go to the extent of pronouncing that SHANGHAI is one of the bravest and most commanding movies of this decade. A contemporary film about our times, our lives. On the whole, SHANGHAI is undeniably one of the most politically astute films ever made. It keeps you involved and concerned right from its inception to the harrowing culmination. This is not your usual Bollywood masala film, but a serious motion picture that has a voice, that makes you think, that makes a stunning impact. A must watch!
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:Hindustan Times
Writer-director Dibakar Banerjee and co-writer Urmi Juvekar tell this brutal story with minimal drama. There is nothing high-pitched here, except Kalki’s one-note performance.Shanghai warms up slowly, so you need to have patience — especially in the first half. But the pleasure of the film is in the details. Shanghai doesn’t provide the comfort of answers or happy endings. But it forces us to ask urgent questions. It is the best Hindi film I’ve seen this year. I strongly urge you to make time for it.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Madhureeta Mukherjee Site:Times of India
It's gut-wrenching, it's 'Made in India', unadulterated, 100% desi maal. Hardly sasta, but tikau. Nothing imported. The story pulsates in the heartland of India. Rising from the bed of desi politics, stained with the blood of hatred, guilt and treachery. . The story-telling is embossed with naked realism, rawness and brutal honesty. Be it blood stained bodies, close-ups of blackened faces, or ugliness (of body and soul) - he bares it with gut, grit and gore. The story is predictable (expect for a few scenes), and the revelations that follow, don't send shockwaves or make your bellies churn.Yet, reality stings. Sometimes more than the 'dengue and malaria' in our very own hinterland.Whether Shanghai is off-beat or mainstream is debatable, but if you thrive on rustic realistic cinema, however heavy-duty - this is your pick.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
so strident is Dibakar Banerjee's voice as a filmmaker that even this adaptation -- of Vassilis Vassilikos' Z, about a wholly different time and political situation -- is turned into a strikingly relevant story of our times and our crimes.Banerjee must be lauded for not dumbing things down and creating a mature, serious film that engages, thrills and amuses.Shanghai is all Dibakar, who we must lift on our shoulders with grateful pride. And we must exult in the fact that this D is never silent.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Omar Qureshi Site:Zoom Review Show
Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
Here at long last is a Hindi film that dares to defy the conventions of its chosen genre. Shanghai is a no-frills but searing political thriller that is under-wired with intelligence and nerve, both cinematic and ideological.Shanghai draws much of its strength from a taut screenplay (Urmi Juvekar and Dibakar Banerjee) that never overplays its hand and leaves a lot to the imagination of the audience.Shanghai projects the dark, dank, redolent-with-danger innards of small-town India to absolute perfection.The film articulates a simmering rage at the sorry state of affairs in a country that is purportedly poised on the cusp of economic superpower status, but it does so neither through screechy bluster nor by means of preachy sermons.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
Here, he is clearly on the outside. ‘Shanghai’ is a good film. Most of it is scarily plausible, sharply observed and sharply executed, except that distance which has Banerji telegraph some of his punches, making ‘Shanghai’ stop just this short of being great. But it is an important, relevant film that demands to be watched not just for what it is saying, but for how it is saying it -- angrily, fearlessly, pointing out, as a line in one of the film’s songs puts it, both the ‘gur’ and the ‘gobar’ in this, our Bharat.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA
Shanghai, Banerjee’s fourth film, is his best. It’s also a very important film, in addition to being consistently engaging and extremely satiating. Why just make a good film, when you have the wherewithal to make a powerful one? A film that can change perception; one that can make a statement, and push the envelope.The pace is breakneck. Banerjee and co-writer Urmi Juvekar pen a tight screenplay, one that gives you little room to breathe, the story moving swiftly. Shanghai is not the kind of film where one-liners come thick and fast, yet dialogues have gravity. To sum, Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai walks the thin line between mainstream and meaningful cinema, and does so beautifully. The rare, well-deserving Rs100cr film? Who cares? There’s more to cinema than box office records and opening weekend numbers; Shanghai is the perfect example. Watch.
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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Vivek Bhatia Site:Filmfare
Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai is one such political thriller. This terrific film hits you like a hurricane and terrifies you to bits. It has an abiding effect that will haunt you even hours after you’ve left the theatre. Shanghai works not just because it excels in its genre. But for the people that you see in the film – their problems, actions and the situations thrown at them which the audience can easily relate to. The gritty milieu and an equally edgy soundtrack play an important role in keeping you engaged. The real hero of the film is Dibakar Banerjee. At the very start of the film he puts all his cards on the table. Yet, he succeeds in keeping us engrossed. In less than two hours, he packs a riveting drama with a sledge hammer of a social message. No gimmicks, just good old story-telling.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekhar Site:Dainik Bhaskar
Between artistry and analysis, Dibakar Bannerjee, one of the most exciting filmmakers around, chooses to entertain first. He doesn’t shy away from slipping in an “item number” either. Yet, in its breathless pace, the film sadly fails to shine any light on several facets of democracy that would play key roles in a high-profile case such as this – opposition parties, for one, higher judiciary, for another. This is that universal story of modern India, interestingly told, enticingly captured. It must be watched, and relished, for sure.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Reviewer:Mrigank Dhaniwala Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: The engaging script; superlative performances; direction. What’s Bad: The screenplay is of the kind which might not appeal to the lay viewers. Verdict: Shanghai is a classy, entertaining fare. Watch or Not?: Definitely watch Shanghai for the superb performances.
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58 comments:

  1. its am must watch movie where emraan looking really good i am thinking ...is that taran is racing for give review first
    whatever i skipped rowdy rathore for this because shanghai's promo looked something real film not like other masala films ...emraan hashmi for sure i am going for this...

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  2. better then rowdy rathore puri duniya ko keh sakta hoon yeh baat chilla kain...

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  3. well i will be going for sure to watch this movie...........
    instead of wasting money on rowdy rathore it is better to utilize the money on a movie like shanghai
    emraan is luking great in the movie.....after jannat 2 again a hit by emraan

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  4. Dis movie better dan ishaqazaade.
    Dis film sure bumper hit just lyk vicky donor and kaahani.
    Dis film can sure best collection in boxoffice than teri meri kahani and rowdy rathord.

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  5. "Teri meri kahani" another copy 4m chinese movie "Three times". Again flop movie in sahid carrier, so
    sahid kapoor create a hatrick flop after dil bole hadipa (copy of she is a man) ,mausam .
    Don't waste ur time go 2 watch the amazing spiderman,cocktail and ek tha tiger.

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  6. Its a really awesome movie!must watch!should not be miss!miss it at your own risk!if you want better performances,perfect direction and mindblowing storyline just go for it!!!
    **** stars

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  7. ya tickets booked...all 3 r my fav..abhay hasmi n benarji...n its 4 classy people only..nt hit 100 cr n all..bt suerly a really good movie

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  8. Wow itne must reviewz ab toh kal first day firsh show jarur jaonga.ROWDY VS SHANGHAI.Agar kal public ne ise acha responce diya toh india mai bhi MEANIGFUL CINEMA banega.

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  9. well going tomorrow for sure........ after a long time a meaningful movie to watch........
    not like the 3rd class ishaqzaade....

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  10. Raje sen gaved 4 stars also ...and said must watch this ...so going for this but i dont think it can collect some bunk in boxoffice because its nt masala entertainment ...but whatever wish you best of luck ... emraan again did fabulous job ...he is now in range like salman khan and amir khan and srk... i think so

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  11. Got Good Reviews..
    Expected!! as its Dibakar's Movie but it will meet the same fate as his first three movies hav recieved i.e Average or Semi-Hit because this is India ..here rarely anyone bothers about real cinema.

    The list of Movies which got Solid Critical Acclaim but ended up average on Box-office is never ending in Bollywood

    some of the best eg. are Shor In the City, BlackFriday, Shaitan etc.

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  12. dis movie better than 3rd class movie ishhaqzade
    ishaaqzade hit in north india due film shhoting in up... but ishaqzade boring movie wit 1 star....

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  13. mast movie sanghai......
    sanghai 100 cr cross karega re....

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  14. Comeon movie might be worth watching par aisi movie Kabhi India may Average ya ussse upar nahi jati. 100 crore to bahut door ki baat hain

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  15. @Ravi realastic cinema quality wala aur boring lagta hai. Par hota nahi.kyoki hum indian ko drama nautanki wala masla cheap class entairtenment hi acha lagta hai.Nautakni karna toh koi humare jeen mai hai.

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  16. Indians seriously have no taste of movies. Thats why Housefull, Golmaal-3, Bodyguard, Rowdy Rathod, and Ready........... kind of movies get good collections at Box Office.. Don't know when people will like intelligent and matured movies.

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  17. @Ravi tu jarur time pass ke liye movie dekhta.Tum jaise time pass karne wale logo ke karan world cinema mai hum pichade hue hai.Kabi kuch naya nahi milta.Videsi filmo ko munh dekhna padta hai.yaha desh keval population mai top par hai.i proud to be our nation 125 cr people aur next target 150cr in 2021.Top in the world.BHARAT MATA KI JAI.

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  18. @Ravi BODYGUARD 148CR,DABANGG140CR,READY126CR,HOUSEFUL 2-120CR,GOLMAAL 3-106CR WOW indian people amazing in the world.EACH MOVIE WIN THE OSCARS AWARDS.BHARAT MATA KI JAI.

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  19. @Ravi yaha par hero nahi super human hai.hawa mai udana.1000 logoo ko ek sath marna.matlb ek film mai sare masale dalna.film ka genre ka name tum time pass karne walo ki agge se aur piche se jeab katna aur maje ki baat tumhe apni pocket katwane mai garv proud hona.wow amazing indian.BHARAT MATA KI JAI.

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  20. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Reviews/Anupama-Chopra-s-review-Shanghai/Article1-868162.aspx

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  21. some great director like dibakar and anurag kashyp deserve all awards for making superb cinema respecting ppls intellegent...please stop making movies of one man army(dabang bodyguard wanted rowdy ) having mindless plot ....director sajid khan, prabhu deva, rohit shetty should learn from anurag, dibakar how to make a good movie

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  22. The real feedback is Shanghai already exists in IMDB as foreign film, on same lines this was made but has no context of shanghai as a city or any ref in our bollywood film, yesterday evening i watched with colleagues who all insisted to watch so we did and by intermission we were fed up, LOOKS LIKE whole movie is shot with a NORMAL DIGI CAM, only post interval the movie is little suspensful and later part is good with Abhay Deol acting as a investigator, 2/5 should be rating given this girl with pointed mouth the foreigner KALKI pathetic acting and keep around screwing..spoiling jo bhi kuch script accha hai...very basic concept politicans wants to have a business park on poor people land so they wanna buy land and give them some pragiti or progress and one guy stands as rebel..gets killed and movie starts..characters are not well looped..loose ends till interval...post interval would have been more better....watch at your risk....!!!

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  23. REALLY MOST OF OUR PEOPLE COULDN'T UNDERSTAND THE DEPTH SANGHAI TELLS ABOUT.UNABLE TO CONNECT THE IMORTED INDIA AS THEY ARE PSEUDO-EXPORTED.AESTHETICALLY ONE OF THE MASTERPIECE WILL AGAIN DEFINITELY DESERVE A NATIONAL AWARD.THOSE WHO GAVE 100....100...CRORES TO ROWDY RATHORE&HOUSEFULL2 AGAIN PROVED THAT THEY ARE LESS INTELECTUALS AS THE THEATERS ARE VACCANT. THE MOVIE EXPLOITED THE DARKER SIDES OFF THE BURECRATS IN A VERY REALISTIC WAY.ABHAY AS A IAS- KRISHNAN REALLY PROVED A POWER HOUSE IN ALTERNATIVE CINEMA HOUSE.DIBAKAR,REALLY A CREATIVE DIFFERENT THINKER WHO BRINGS YOU TO THINK ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY.ALL THE CHARACTERS COME ALIVE IN THIS MOVIE AND THE LOCATIONS OF GALI GALI INDIA IS REALLY SUPREB.AS USUAL, EMRAN IS A SMALL TIME PORN FILM MAKER WITH SOME FUN FILLED MOVEMENTS.PROSONJEET.KALKI,PITOBASH ALL ARE SUPREB IN THEIR PERFORMANCES.bharat mata ki jai bolo bharat mata ki...........

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  24. I don't know why this movie got such great reviews. It is too slow and the ending is a little too easy. Overall too arty and boring movie. My rating 2 out of 5

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  25. i had watched the movie and its an awesome realistic movie but india me to rowdy, dabang k fans jyaada h , how can a movie like rowdy jisme kuch bhi nhi tha only the 3rd class unrealistc fighting can hit the box office instead of well written shanghai

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  26. Congratulations to all of the shanghai Fans out there....
    hahaha...
    your film has tanked at the box office where it all matters...

    your 4 and 4.5 stars hav made no impact....

    enoy the one week run and u will appear on a television channel next month and everyone is sure u wont even work on TV.

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  28. This is wat a muvi sud look like....
    A real masterpiece....
    It's not Hollywood that such muvi is gonna work out here but hopefully such great movies should work here too....

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  29. such positive comments for such a movie ...really dibakar ne bharat mata ki jai kar dali... hope it crosses 100 crores so that one gud intellectual movie in this area ....

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  30. ^^^^^^

    How does it affect you whether the movie tanks or not.....A movie like A wednesday had a very poor opening weekend , but had picked up later and did good business....There is enough scope for both realistic and masala cinema in India...Its a matter of personal choice.... If movies are made only for masses , then educated & sophisticated people should stop going to cinema altogether...Entertainment is for everyone..you choose..if you aren't a taker for it...your junk lies elsewhere!

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  31. Yesterday watched the movie. I have read the reviews and ratings given by all well known critics. So my expectations are going high. I am not waiting for a movie so eagerly in last 3-4 years. Very much excited. The film started with slow pace. When the accident happens I think now onwards the film will good. But the movie running with same pace. See the poster where Emraan and Kalki running with a video cam and Abhay wearing a helmet. From this one can expect a hard hitting political thriller. But nothing like that. The film became like an art film which nobody likes. There is nothing you like in the whole film. So do not waste your money.

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  32. 1) When a movie like Shanghai with an Art feeling in it should be promoted in a different manner and it should be made clear that it is for those people who understand such stuffs.

    2) In the promotions with songs like "Imported Kamariya" and "Bharat Mata ki Jai" people misunderstood it as a just another masala flick with politics as a background.

    3) This movie however is the best hard hitting film after BlackFriday.

    Where in BlackFriday each and everyone among the masses were thrilled to see such a cinema , even this movie does so but here in the crowd there is also another kind of public which came to see which they expect from every Emraan Hashmi Flick which left them disaapointed not because the film is bad , its too good but here they came to see another masala flick and they lost it.
    The promotions are again to blame for such people's expectation.

    4)It was sad to hear some of them telling that they wasted their money but trust me this flick will end as a cult to those who have patriotism and human values and its still alive in them, this movie represents their cause.

    5)Direction is flawless.
    Performances are solid with Emraan giving his career best and Abhay was mind blowing.Both the actors once again prove that they can deliver any kind of role given.

    Its a must watch 4.5/5

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  33. Realstic movie Lover fans anurag kashyap ki movie gangs of vasseypur part 1 and part 2 and pandlers ko kans film mahotsav mai nomination mila bahut samman ki baat hai.india ke liye ki humari contry ki movie ki sarhana ki ja rahi hai.Par maje ki baat toh ye hai ki anurag ke samne bollywood industry ke sab diggaz fail ho gaye.aur sharm ke mare pani-pani ho rahe ki kaise koi kal ka choakra world cinema mai india ka pratiniditb karta hai.HA HA HA.BHARAT MATA KI JAI.

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  34. @Admin aap ko samay tamrakar ka review bhi add karna chaiye.

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  35. SANGHAI better than 3rd class movie ISHAQAZADE.
    I hope dat SANGHAI wl run 5 weeks in boxoffice n cross 100+ cr
    nd awesome movie
    nd it will beat teri meri kahaani and cocktail.

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  36. if u guys say better to watch Shanghai than 'Wasting' money on Rowdy Rathore, plz do that sincerely...coz Rowdy Rathore's Day8 collection > Shaghai's Day1 collection...WTF!

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  37. yar i watched Shanghai..i love art movies and i believe i have that aesthetic sense ...but sorry to say this movie does not deserve such reviews..its a very average movie..very disappointing...he has used a very different way of narrating which does not click..half of the theatre was empty withing half an hour of screening..and if thats the case in noida you can imagine how it would be in countryside

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  38. i also prefr watchng art films more than that of the entrtaing film...i dnt like the entrtaing films.....and what u r saying?...how do u expect housefull shows in an art film?...here maximum people in India prefr watchng entrtaining films..as u know rockstar's collection was average...where as cheap movies like om shanti om collected crores...so what will u say that dsgsting Om Shanti Om film is better than Rockstar?????....foolish people

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  39. Why u fight here 4 every type of movie ??
    Oho ek kam karo film mat dekho
    follow d Tv serial

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  40. this is very poor film. This is perfect example for good songs cant help bad film. Just like kahaani and rowdy rathore biggest flop of 2012 sure. If you want to watch good films watch animation film of dreamworks and pixar.

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  41. IN india 80% people want to see masala movie not like this ...this movie sure a good (nt great) But this movie is too tough to understand for poor minded people if u didnt liked this it means you didnt noticed anything in this ...u just need to watch movies like don 2, bodyguard and rowdy rathore or housefull so this is nt for you this is for like us we are from 20% INDIAN
    i think main things should be script like in kahani and paansingtomar and vicky donor (see imdb rates)
    and now shanghai... and then gangs of wasseypur maybe...

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  42. @anonymous who said kahaani was a flop=i dnt know what to tell u...u r telling kahani is a flop film....in bollywood it is the best thriller film till now...may be u hav diffrnt point of view...

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  43. @anonymous who said 20 prcnt Indian=I agree with u 100 prcnt

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  44. @Riju1212 shanghai poor perform on box office.BECAUSE YAHA KE LOGO KO MINDLESS CINEMA HI ACHA LAGTA HAI.jai ho.ek aur ghissi-pitti film 100cr.cross karne wali hai.mera bharat mahan.

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  45. @Anonymous who told shanghai poor perform on box office=just read my post where i wrote about the film om shanti om and rockstar....box office me poorly perform ka ye matlab nahi hota k film flop hai...aise hazar hazar films hai jo box office me poorly perform hua lekin wo film bahut accha tha

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  46. People are commenting bout this movie being good and other movies being bad and wanting the movie to cross the 100 cr mark. However we are forgetting bollywood movies are made for all kind of people unfortunately indians prefer masala and those movies are a hit and it has been proven so there is no argument. Als i dobt see anybody abusing Taran Adarsh. Movies made keeping a certain market in mind and its not india its with all foriegn language guess people have forgoten "Chuck Norris" or Steven Seigal?so no use arguing

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  47. its really sad ppl can criticise movie like shanghai..it has depth but u should be intelligent to get the movie and its story ...but some ppl r really hopeless and could nt get single point whats going in movie and why...then after that they say its bad film... my suggestioin to them please go to nearby hospital and check that ur mind functioning whether its working or not

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  48. abay saalo kaunsi topic pe jhagda kar rahe ho..ho gaya na abhi shanghai aayi aur ussne apne budget se zyaada kamaa bhi liya hai aur bann gayi hai profitable venture..

    toh abhi purani baaten chodon aur aage bado

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  49. Poor editing, slow... Predictable outcome...2.5/5

    Worse than rowdy rathore. Will not get a headache.

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  50. fantastic movie from a upcoming very talented and exciting director whose prove his worth of cinema making by flawless direction and imran who is now emerging as an super star watch out for him he can be next ruling king of bollywood he acted brilliantly on whole shangai is best movie of the year and best political movie of the decade....with the best direction, screenplay,perfomances,story such movies like shangai shuld be encourage rather than masala cheap movies .......jaga india jago kab tak masala movies ko encourage karoge v shuld support a master piece like shangai truly deserve for national award and nomination for oscar from india...
    must movie guys dont miss it

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  51. Stands a little low to high and breath taking cast performance and practical chaos of Kahani and way below the direction skills of Kaushik Mukherjee for Gandu.
    My Rating 2/5.
    1. star for sound engineering.
    2. Emraan Hashmi and the Pitobash Tripathy.

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  52. http://sathyu-sathyu.blogspot.in/2012/06/dibakars-shanghai-too-clever-by-half.html

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  53. only one word.....excellent

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  54. documentry...lacks connect...2.5/5

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  55. 0/5 I have never seen a worst movie than "sanghai"

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  56. one more bricks in the great wal of bollywood creative an ausom movies .only dibaker could have done that. great directin and screenplay .imran also done goood job.abhay deol last but not leat striked at climax. 4.5/5

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  57. 0/100 total bakwas movie, it was such a bore that I dont know how the above people are giving a good review to this crap u should be ashmed of yrself. Its a total waste of time/garbage no entertainment factor, India should not make this type of bore/shit movies.

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  58. one of the best movie...based on political reality......

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