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Greece Tour For ´Shanghai´!
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With Dibakar Bannerjee's 'Shanghai' ready the director has to fulfil a promise that he made to himself. He must show the film to author Vassilis Vassilikos on whose novel Z , Dibakar's 'Shanghai' is based.

True to the original source, Dibakar has kept the Greek author in the loop throughout the making of the film. And now he must keep his final promise, of showing the film to the author, even if it means taking the film to Greece.

Says a source close to the project, "Dibakar must show the film to Vassilis Vassilikos before it is released. Ideally Dibakar would have liked the author to come down to India to watch the film. But if that is not possible, considering the author's age, then Dibakar is all set to fly down to Greece to show his the film. It's not about getting the author's approval, or even a moral obligation. Dibakar feels Vassilis' ideas in the novel have been given a renewed relevance in Dibakar's film. The author has every right to see what has been done to his work, and in what context."

Dibakar confirms plans to take Shanghai to Greece for the author's viewing.

Says the filmmaker,"It's amazing how relevant Vassilikos' novel is to presentday Indian politics although he wrote it 45 years ago.He must see the deep and far-reaching resonance of his words. He is now a sprightly 78. But if he can't come to India I'd most certainly take 'Shanghai' to Greece for his viewing."


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