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Banerjee to adapt Vassilikos’ ‘Z’

'Shanghai' to topline Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi

MUMBAI — Indian helmer Dibakar Banerjee is to adapt Vassilis Vassilikos’ novel “Z,” which was the source for Costa-Gavras’ 1970 Oscar-winning pic.

The film, “Shanghai,” will topline Abhay Deol, who is filming Roland Joffe’s “Singularity,” and Emraan Hashmi (“Once Upon a Time in Mumbai”).

The political thriller follows three characters — a civil servant, a pornographer and an expatriate woman — as they scramble to get on the gravy train in a dusty Indian town, as hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign investment pour into the region.

Banerjee told Variety: ” ‘Shanghai’ looks at the aspirations of every small-town Indian to emulate the progress of the Chinese city, and the quickest way for them to get there.”

The Rupees 100 million ($2.2 million) film that commences photography in April is being produced by PVR Pictures.

Banerjee’s last film “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha” was made on just over $200,000 and grossed more than $2 million, besides gaining festival play across the world.