A serial kisser and a “thinking” actor, who would have thought? Well, you heard it right, Emraan Hashmi and Abhay Deol are coming together in Dibakar Banerjee’s next Shanghai.

Kamal Gianchandani, President PVR Pictures said, “It gives me enormous pleasure not just to produce Dibakar’s latest film ‘Shanghai’, but to see the two lead characters being brought to life by such actors of such contrasting, but equally versatile talent. Casting Emraan and Abhay in the film was first and foremost a creative decision, but as a producer I am thrilled that it also will help in bringing to this gripping film, audiences from across the spectrum.”

Abhay Deol, Dibakar Banerjee, Emraan Hashmi

‘Shanghai’ is an official Hindi adaptation of the political thriller that the Greek novelist Vassilis Vassilikos wrote about the real-life assassination of a dynamic politician. It has been adapted by Dibakar and his team to the Indian context and pulls absolutely no punches in its depiction of contemporary Indian realities.

Said Dibakar Banerjee, “I’m looking forward to breaking some presumptions with this film! I love the way some people stereotype the dark, kissy, negative Bond side of Emraan in his films. Well this film is going to see him go right into the heat and dust of a hellish Indian small town and its deadly politics. No leather jackets, suave bars and foreign locales. He’s here, in love, on a broken down scooter, shooting sleazy videos and on the run for his life! And Abhay has never been seen like this before – in a negative, cold, almost vicious character. Imagine Abhay being the establishment instead of fighting it. He looks at you through his glasses, wearing his stiff shirt and you wonder what’s on his mind. Then you may be under arrest and you don’t even know he did it! He is powerful, he represents the ruling class – and he doesn’t forget an insult – ever!”

After Dibakar’s last film, Love Sex Aur Dhokha, how can we not be looking forward to this!

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