Abhay Deol, who is playing a typical Tamilian IAS officer in Shanghai, says that he was very much scared to play the role, but his director Dibakar Banerjee pushed him out of his comfort zone to play the character. He gushes that his co-star Emraan Hashmi has acted brilliantly in the film.
Abhay Deol has played every character with ease. He has played a thief in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and the hopeless romantic in Socha Na Tha. Talking to PTI, the actor said, "My character is something which I was really scared of doing. When Dibakar approached me with this I tried to convince him to make my character a Punjabi Arya Samaji."
The Bollywood star added, “But he didn't listen to me. Then it became a challenge for me. The sad thing was that we had to look for someone to teach me the accent. A writer called Madi taught me the accent. But I didn't want my character to be stereotypical. There were loads of obstacles but it was more interesting to play someone who is not known to you.”
Meanwhile, Abhay Deol revealed that his character has got various layers in the film. He said, "My character has got various layers. After watching the film, people may have different opinion about my character. Some may feel that I am more towards the positive side and others may feel the opposite. My character is very tricky."
Talking about Emraan Hashmi, Abhay Deol said, "I have watched couple of his films earlier and I have always felt he is one of the most underrated actors of the industry, like me. We both haven't received that success in the industry which we deserve. He has acted brilliantly in the film and if somebody says he has surpassed me in the film, I will not feel bad or jealous."
However, Shanghai is a political thriller movie, which features Kalki Koechlin in the female lead. The film is scheduled to release in the theaters across the globe on June 8.