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‘The story of Shanghai is haunting’

Dibakar Banerjee’s films have strong performances by a host of supporting actors.  
In his new film Shanghai, inspired by a Greek novel Z, and also an Academy Award winning French film of the same name, Tillotama Shome plays a relatively small, but significant role as Aruna Ahmedi, the wife of charismatic activist leader (Prosenjit Chatterjee). 

It is a quiet, heartbreaking performance by Shome, who until now was best known for her performance as Alice, the maid in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, who won the heart of P K Dubey, played memorably by Vijay Raaz. 

Banerjee describes Aruna Ahmedi as his favourite character in the film: “It flies in the face of all the stereotypical wife roles that we are used to.” 

In the film, we are introduced to Aruna at a point when her husband is seriously injured and in hospital being cared for by his immediate circle of followers that includes Shalini (Kalki Koechlin), with whom he had an affair. 

As Banerjee describes it, there is a “stand-off (between the two women)… as if they challenge each other as rivals to be the real inheritors to Ahmedi’s memory.”

Aseem Chhabra spoke to Tillotama over the telephone from New York, while she was attending a wedding in Pune.

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