“Soneki Chidiya, Dengu-Malaria, Gud bhi hein Gobar bhi, Bharat Mata ki Jai, Bharat Mata ki, Bharat Mata ki, Tum Jai bolo Jai -BHARAT MATA KI JAI…”
Pseudo-Politics and Unethical Bureaucracy for Personal Gain
Indian Politics is a gamut of pseudo-bureaucracy. The social development in the state is carried out along with theft and robbery. It is not unknown how politicians manipulate their way into the country’s administration and reap huge personal profits. Dying, Killing and Plundering is a common activity in today’s political arena. Shading light into the matter is important, which has explicitly been done by many thoughtful films. Changing the attitude of law makers, bureaucrats and general public is important to ensure better society in the future, if we care to have one. Waring people and bringing a change, through various medium is an important task. It is an artist, who can capture the real event of such political melodrama, bring it into the light, and show it to the people -in the most amusing and entertaining manner. Though, such movies explore reconciliation through a dystopian but artistic manner, it is still worth a satisfaction.
Translation of Indian Politics into a Neo-noir and political thriller -Shanghai
Bharat Nagar is an important city for business tycoons, visionaries and the politicians. A city that behold the greater future for Posh Societies and Elite Lifestyle. A tiny city of Bandra West, Maharasthra, is chosen to become a new metropolis, a new city similar to Shanghai.
Bharatnagar is created for the purpose of showing the deprivation and injustice faced by the poor locales in every part of India. Locales, who fear of losing their homes and services, are persuaded by the local government to provide their land in return of a promise to build a better city, a city providing better accommodation and the services.
An Activist, Dr.Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterje) shows up to support the poor, with the empathy and support, and bewares them from signing any contract that binds them with the commitment with the government. A strong, fearless and philanthropic human being loved by few and feared by many, Dr.Ahmedi makes way for his grand speech, one night. The local politicians with the fear of their plan, plan to assassinate Dr.Ahmedi in a very dramatic manner, so to cover up the story of Dr.Ahmedi forever. To save themselves from retribution, Chief Minister along with local authorities implement a sham investigation to prove that it was an accident, and to move on with their plan. A state investigator T.A.Krishnan (Abhay Deol) is assigned to investigate into the matter. He, not knowing that the investigation was just a cover up, digs deep down into the matter and reveals the secrets of the assassination.
Jogi Parmar (Emraan Hasmi), a slimy pornographer and opportunist comes as a great help to unravel the case. Shalini (kalki Koechlin), a supporter/student of Dr. Ahmedi is a main protagonist of the drama, who connects every aspect of fact finding and helps to reach a conclusion. After much hulabaloo, torture and continuous investigation, they reach a climax. They find out that the local government was planning to build the new metropolis, an International Business Park, a Shanghai, by demolishing the existing and poorer Bharatnagar, by confiscating lands from the locales. People like Shalini, Jogi and Krishnan, who value ethics and justice, unravel the case and restate the justice.
This movie explore a neo-noir elements of a political thriller. It is made to unravel pseudo-bureaucracy and sham administration of greater Mumbai area. A thoughtful synopsis of political thriller with a darker theme and Art based cinematography, makes the film most exciting. Dibakar Bannerje sure has succeeded into making what he does best! A unique and artistic interpretation of a swell commercial theme, is what we wanted for a long time, from our Hindi movies. Though the concept has been adopted from a french film Z, and the novel by the same name of Vassilis Vassilikos, the translation of the concept into the local setting has been done flawlessly. Similar was done before and in the best manner possible, in Omkara (based on Othello), by Vishal Bhardwaj.