Emraan Hashmi, who has had a string of hits in the last couple of years including Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Murder 2 is hungry for doing meatier roles, an opportunity that he found with Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai. Says the actor, “I am hungry to do films and to play parts where you generally don’t see the craft in the performance… and that’s what I feel Dibakar can draw and make this character the way he visions it”.
Dibakar says Emraan’s character in Shanghai “is very low, desperate to do something and vulnerable at the same time.”
Apart from the total role change, Emraan is also going to sport a paunch in the political thriller. Emraan co-stars with Abhay Deol in the film. Shanghai is slated to release on 8 June 2012, under the PVR Pictures banner.