Dibakar Banerjee says, “Abhay is usually the black sheep in most of his films. In Shanghai, he is the core of conservative, middle class India who clings on to his patriotic belief that India has to take over China one day. I've known Abhay as a very spontaneous actor who doesn't rehearse much. But in this film, Abhay was different. He was playing a Tamil Brahmin who is an IAS officer.”
The movie Shanghai, which deals with the life of politicians and their greed, is a different movie with a different look. The movie features Emraan Khan with a paunch and Abhay sporting a moustache. It will be releasing on June 8, 2012, under the PVR Pictures banner.