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Shanghai but no Shanghai

Director Dibakar Bannerjee’s political thriller toplining Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi has nothing to do with the metro but carries its name in the title.

bollywood Updated: Jan 14, 2011 20:20 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Dibakar Bannerjee may still be in search for a leading lady for his upcoming film, but the director is quite elated that his political thriller toplines actors Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol. “They’re such drastically different actors with their own kind of cinema behind them. So it’s quite a thing for me to have them together in the film and do justice to each one of their characters,” says Bannerjee. “This is the first time that I’m seeing them together. It’s a weird feeling because I know the relation between their characters so well.”

The director and the producers are now looking for a leading lady— one who is good looking and a brilliant actor. “The girl has mixed feelings. She wants to belong to India, but simultaneously doesn’t wish to belong here, because whenever she tries to move ahead in life, her looks come into the way. She’s always looked at very lustily by most men she encounters,” says Bannerjee.

“So far, we haven’t found someone apt for the part. But once we find her, the film will be on floors, hopefully this summer. But I’m not sure of the month and date as of now.”

Given that the film has nothing to do with the city Shanghai, why was it titled so? Deol opts to answer, “The film is a whydunit and not a whodunit. It’s about a Shanghai of dreams. We’re not shooting even a frame in Shanghai. But without revealing the plot, I can be affirmative that it’s the most apt title for the project.”

Wasn’t Deol turning producer with this film? “I’m developing my own scripts, writing stories and acting. Once I have something concrete, I’ll produce it. I was never going to produce Shanghai,” adds Deol.

Hashmi, whose Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji releases next week, is hoping that he doesn’t have to kiss in the film. “Why can’t that topic just be ignored? I’m really hoping that there isn’t anything gross that I’ll have to do in this film,” says Hashmi. “I’m tired of the kisser-boy image. I’m a father now. I really hope I have more stuff to do here than kiss.”

First Published: Jan 13, 2011 14:05 IST