Director Dibakar Banerjee, whose last film, Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) won critical as well as commercial acclaim, is back in the limelight with his much-awaited political-thriller Shanghai, to be screened at IIFA Rocks this year.
The 42-year-old filmmaker says, “It feels great when your movie premieres at IIFA, it gives the film a platform which is bigger and quite spread out and matters a lot than a premiere in a cinema hall, so I am quite thrilled”.
On working with Abhay Deol again after Oye Lucky Lucky Oye in 2008, Banerjee says, “Abhay has always been a great friend, he is the kind of person who always surprises you with his talent, when you see Shanghai you will see how brilliant he can be.”
Shanghai revolves around Bharat Nagar, a village in India which is soon to be turned into Shanghai by the government. Interestingly, the director who is known to make unconventional films, has included an item song in Shanghai.
When asked if he considers it important to have an item song for publicity, he says, “The song, Imported Kamariya holds a lot of relevance in the film, as it talks about the close connection between politics and Bollywood because politicians know that Bollywood draws crowd. They want to be there where the crowd is, so they call India’s top rated actor Tina Ray to the small town to do a huge show to celebrate the new progressive India.”
The film hits theatres across the country on June 8.