’ is a mega redevelopment project that seeks to displace slums in
Bharat-nagar blessed by the Chief
Minister (Supriya Pathak). When a leftist
Dr Ahmedi (Prasenjit Chatterjee) stands up for slum dwellers, he is quickly eliminated in a planned murder
attempt which is made to look like an
accident. International Business
When Mrs Ahmedi (Tillotama Shome) demands a probe, a Bureaucrat TA Krishnan (Abhay Deol) is appointed to look into it. Trouble brews when he digs deeper than what is expected from him. Shalini (Kalki Koechlin) and a videographer Jogi Parmar (Emraan Hashmi) play key roles with Pitobash delivering a great performance at Jaggu.
The film is an adaptation of the novel “Z” by Greek writer-diplomat Vassilis Vassilikos. In fact, the book formed the base for a 1969 French film also titled ‘Z’ which inter alia bagged two Oscars. Apparently, the film is set in a right-wing military run country and it is about a leftist who gets killed while he plans to speak at an anti-military, nuclear disarmament rally. The developer-angle is more relevant for
In fact, after a spate of comedies, it is nice to see Bollywood showing interest in strong themes or current issues. From the maker of near-realistic flicks like ‘Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye’ and ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’ director Dibakar Banjerjee’s choice of subject is commendable. Also, it was a good choice not to resort to item numbers to sell the film. Instead, he has preferred to focus on its characters and some dramatic tension.
The characters in
You can’t really slot them into the stereotypes such as the altruistic good guys or the abominable bad guys. Instead, they are
all regular people with their own
agendas with circumstances bring out the best or worst in them. It could be
politicians in power, self serving bureaucrats, a student supporting a
professor she has an affair with, aimless street goons, etc. Shanghai
There are just a few drawbacks that deny the film from becoming awesome. Emraan Hashmi’s character could have done with a little more meat. The motivations of the leftist, especially one who travels in a private jet could have been better explained. Abhay Deol’s Tamil accent is inconsistent and the ‘Madrasi’ reference is racist.
The storyline itself could have done with some suspense rather than focus purely on drama. Probably the ending could have been better; but hey, it’s closer to reality. Specifically, there is one bit that beats me; the celebratory mood at Bharat-nagar slums. If they were celebrating the development, then what was the need for the leftist’s intervention? Or, what were they celebrating with fireworks?
is a decent watchable film.
Nonetheless, don’t expect it to have something that would blow you off your
feet. It has some good acting and it
deserves some credit for coming up with characters
with shades of grey. Shanghai
Rating 6/10: A hard hitting take on politician-developer nexus!