Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
By Taran Adarsh, 8 Mar 2013, 07:48 hrs IST
to the colossal critical success of the first part, SAHEB BIWI AUR
GANGSTER [in 2011], Tigmanshu Dhulia, an avant garde storyteller of the
present times, dives into his first sequel, SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER
RETURNS. However, unlike the trend of attempting sequels without
connecting with the earlier part, SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS makes
an effort to take the story of Saheb, Biwi and Gangster forward, with
additional characters this time around.
SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS is a sequel in the truest sense. The
backdrop of aristocracy remains integral. But romance is notches higher
this time. Also, politics, jealousy, revenge, betrayal and deceit are
integrated in the screenplay, besides drama and sensuality, of course.
However, unlike the first part, sensuality is toned down considerably
this time. Ready for fireworks?
After losing his legs, Saheb [Jimmy Sheirgill] becomes wheelchair-bound
and more unpleasant and wicked, particularly towards his alcoholic Biwi
[Mahie Gill], who is now a politician. In walks Gangster [Irrfan Khan],
also of royal lineage, who is determined to settle scores with Saheb.
Tigmanshu is synonymous with power-packed drama and he transports you to
the forefront of the murky political games people play in SAHEB BIWI
AUR GANGSTER RETURNS. The gluttony for power is evident at the
commencement itself and the venomous games these characters play add
effectiveness to the premise. Rest assured, even if you haven't watched
the first part, you are likely to absorb the story like a sponge because
the raconteur is narrating a brand new account this time, while
retaining the characters/setting of the first part.
Tigmanshu sets things up skillfully in the first hour. The rift between
Saheb and Biwi continues to widen as two more characters are introduced
in this new saga -- a new Gangster [Irrfan] and his love interest
[Soha]. The conflict between these characters is captivating and what
adds credence to several episodes is the streak of sarcasm between Saheb
and Biwi. However, the screenwriting isn't watertight in the
post-interval portions. The track featuring the royal families joining
hands with a political party lacks conviction. Also, the raunchy song
featuring Mugdha Godse is an absolute no-no. The film gathers steam
towards the final moments, but the shock-value that was so evident in
the earlier film is lacking this time.
While the screenwriting is variable this time, Tigmanshu proves his
credentials as he executes the dramatic moments with gusto. He manages
to keep the anxiety simmering in several episodes, keeping you on the
edge of the seat in several sequences. Besides, the characters -- having
attributes of a chameleon -- add abundant charm to the movie. Like the
first part, SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS is embroidered with
crackling dialogue [Tigmanshu Dhulia], while the DoP [Yogesh Jani]
portrays the aristocratic ambience as well as tension with panache. In
fact, each and every frame seduces you into the world that Tigmanshu
recreates so delightfully. The soundtrack is strictly okay, while the
stunning background score [Sandeep Chowta] embellishes the sequences
With Tigmanshu at the helm of affairs, be assured, you are in for a
treat as far as performances are concerned. In fact, not just the title
leads, but each and every actor in the cast delivers top-quality
performances. At the same time, the characters are so well penned that
no one deprives the limelight from the other. Irrfan is simply
outstanding. The magnificence that Tigmanshu and Irrfan created in
HAASIL, CHARAS and PAAN SINGH TOMAR is evident in SAHEB BIWI AUR
GANGSTER RETURNS as well. Jimmy is commanding yet again, pulling off his
performance with remarkable ease. Mahie plays the scheming wife with
accomplishment. The various shades in her character provide her ample
scope to excel yet again. Soha looks the part completely and despite the
presence of powerful actors, she stands out with a solid performance.
It's great to see the talented veteran Raj Babbar in top form after a
hiatus. He gets his character spot-on. Pravesh Rana makes a confident
big screen debut. He's competent. Deepraj Rana conveys a lot through
silence, which is the hallmark of a fine actor. Sitaram Panchal, Rajeev
Gupta [as the politician], Rajesh Khera, Sujay Shankarwar [as Rudy] and
Anjana Sukhani [makes an appearance in a song] are adequate.
On the whole, SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS is a twisted tale with a
riveting first hour and inconsistent post-interval portions. This film
may not be Tigmanshu Dhulia's finest work, but it has moments that prove
his supremacy as a storyteller. Watch it for the intriguing characters and terrific performances!