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Dibakar Banerjee signs Emraan Hashmi & Abhay Deol (Page 8)

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In his next film Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee turns to Vassilis Vassilikos's book Z and prepares for a thrilling political chase

Every book, according to writer-director Dibakar Banerjee, has its own destiny. It will eventually come to you, and when it does, it turns into an inspiration. At least it did, for Dibakar. When celebrated Greek writer and diplomat Vassilis Vassilikos's political novel, Z, landed in Dibakar's hands, he simply couldn't put it down. Written in 1967, Z (Zei, which means 'He Lives' in Greek), is about the real-life assassination of a dynamic Greek politician Grigoris Lambraskis in 1963. It has been translated into 32 languages and was also made into an award-winning film in 1969 by Costa-Gavras.

After a long wait, an aged Vassilikos granted Dibakar and his co producer an audience in Athens. "Vassilis is a very private person, an intellect and academician, and getting to meet him was worth it. He was surprised, of course, to find that we were there to seek permission to make a film based on his book," recalls Banerjee. The film, titled Shanghai, hits the floors with two most unusual actors on board, Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi. The hunt for the female lead is on.

"I know the title is contradictory in nature, for the premise is a political thriller. I gave this title for it's the Shanghai of our dreams. We all think we are far from politics and corruption, but in reality, we are at the receiving end of it. There are people who have this exceptional degree of control over our lives and we are unconsciously running it according to them."


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