The film has been inspired by a mid-1960s book "Z",
by Greek writer and diplomat Vassilis Vassilikos. "Shanghai"
will have its world premiere at the 13th edition of the
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards to be held
in Singapore during June 7-9. It features Emraan Hashmi,
Abhay Deol and Prosenjit Chatterjee.
"I think youth are getting frustrated with the sad
state of affairs of the country. And they are becoming more
aware of the current situation. The Anna Hazare movement
was the best example of it. It had such a strong impact
on the youth of the country," she said.
" 'Shanghai' talks about dreams and reality. People
here talk about converting the country into Shanghai; they
promise good infrastructure, good facilities, but reality
is something different. There is no water, there are potholes
on roads.There is a prevalent 'chalta hai' attitude here.
It's high time something should be done," added Kalki.
This is the first time that Kalki is working with Dibakar
and the actress admits that the filmmaker is "a tough
"He is a perfectionist and knows what he wants. He
almost made me cry during the shoot. It was a month- long
shoot in a small town of Latur and Baramati, where there
was no proper food, no hot water, no proper resting place
too. We had nothing much to do there, but that helped us
stay focussed on our work and enact our scenes properly,"
"He pushes people to such an extent that they are
bound to give good performances," she added.
The actress has now begun shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj's
supernatural thriller "Ek Thi Daayan", which features
Emraan and Konkona Sen Sharma.