A small town somewhere in India is poised to become the next Shanghai. Billions of dollars are being poured into an upcoming International Business Park, an infrastructure project backed by the ruling political party. On the eve of its launch, a drunk truck driver mows down a prominent social activist. A lone girl believes it to be a murder, supported by a videographer who claims to have captured proof that will bring the government down. A high-ranking bureaucrat is brought in by the government for damage control and to investigate the accident. Shanghai, a political thriller, unfolds a game of crime and politics and brings together an unlikely group of individuals as they fight to find justice in the labyrinth of Indian democracy.