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After making Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, it seems director Tigmanshu Dhulia saw so much potential in the set-up and the space where the film was based, that he was determined he could justify a sequel. And the film Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, not only justifies its existence as a sequel, but goes on to become so much more. It's definitely a marked improvement over his previous film and Tigmanshu's best work yet.
A love story at its heart, it's atypical the way love stories play out. And though a sad ending, the path it takes to reach there is a complete roller coaster ride through the scheming feudal ways of Indian royalty. There are four main characters in the film – Jimmy Shergill as Aditya Pratap Singh, the ballsy and brooding 'Michael Corleonesque' king of a small village who is active in politics and plays real dirty with his fellow kings -turned-politicos. He sits paralysed on the wheelchair, brooding and waiting to recover. Meanwhile, his wife Mahie Gill, who betrayed him by having an affair with a driver in the earlier part has turned an alcoholic now. The king, in the manner befitting to kings, wants a second wife and he coerces Soha Ali Khan's father into an alliance with his pretty daughter. Soha's lover meanwhile, Raja Bhaiyya (Irrfan Khan) is a goon turned politico with a feudal past. He has a score to settle with Jimmy that goes back all the way to the time when the neighbouring kings fought amongst themselves and killed an entire generation of rivals. Irrfan is one such descendant whose grandfather survived the onslaught by Jimmy's ancestors and now as the banished king, he seeks revenge. And his thirst for revenge increases when Jimmy coerces his beloved into marriage.
Inspired writing, cracking dialogues, strong and well defined characters, and an ability to show the viewers what the insides look like in a scenario where kings, gangsters and ministers all try to outdo each other for power, the movie is clever and ambitious and keeps you glued. It seeks blood, yet it's funny too. The humour is dark, sensible and in good taste. Even the smallest of characters make a great impact – right from the illiterate, masochistic politicos from the hinterlands, to the faithful Luca Brasi like bodyguard who always lingers on the periphery, protecting his master.
The film is this year's strongest love story yet, and it moves and changes with a modern TV series like pace.
Irrfan Khan, as usual, spells magic on screen. Poet, gangster, politician and a king – he plays them all effortlessly. Jimmy Shergill too has given his best. You can feel him thinking in scenes, and his cockiness as a monarch is spot on. Soha is effortless as royalty, maybe because she is one, but a believable performance nonetheless. Mahie too is perfectly cast as the lusty, hungry-for-love wife and justifies the way her role is written.
The characters in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns are crafted so well that the conflicts they share become easily identifiable and understandable. Even though it's a complex film, it achieves its balance and doesn't drag even for a second as its layered story reaches its bloody conclusion!
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|Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Has Low Opening|
Friday 8th March 2013 11.30 IST
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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns had a low opening of around 20% at multiplexes. Though the opening is low it is better than last week's releases. The better opening came in select cinemas in the Delhi NCR area and it is this area which is likely to do the best business.
As with most medium to small films it is the Saturday business that holds the key and it will be no different for Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns. The film has the advantage that is like a solo release despite the release of Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga which has just 2-3 shows at multiplexes and has opened very poorly.
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster released in 2011 grossed around 7.75 crore nett and this film will easily do more but it is also a much bigger film.
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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia is truly a sequel considering that unlike other sequels, this one is a continuation of the original - Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. By introducing additional characters, the director ensures that there is more drama and romance in this one.
Though the film is two and half hours long, it doesn't bore you at all as various scenes in the film keeps you engrossed in your seats. The characters are carefully etched showing traits of deception, sincerity and unpredictability. The best part of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is that none of the character seems to overtake the other as all have been given equal importance. The humour is dark, witty and in absolute good taste.
Background score by Sandeep Chowta stands out and adds to the feel of the film. Dialogues are penned by Tigmanshu Dhulia himself and are extremely impactful.
Well, here we must tell you that there are some sequences which is not in sync with the rest of the script and 'could have been easily avoided', but overall, you don't complain. Another thing...wonder if the director like all other filmmakers thought that an item number would add to the charm of the film because Mugdha Godse's item number was absolutely NOT required in a strong script such as this! While the first half of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is extremely gripping, the second part is a little inconsistent.
After losing his legs, Saheb (Jimmy Sheirgill) is bound to the wheelchair and is very cranky, irrational and wicked, especially towards his alcoholic Biwi (Mahie Gill), who is now a politician. Gangster (Irrfan Khan) is determined to settle scores with Saheb and walks in the scene.
What happens next? The murky and venomous political games that people play and the craving for power is what the story uncovers.
Thanks to Tigmanshu having given equal footage to all the characters, each and every star have performed exceptionally well. Irrfan Khan stands out as he shows his anger, passion, jealousy and pride with utmost conviction. Jimmy pulls off his role with gusto and so does Mahie as the volatile, scheming wife and Raj Babbar. Soha Ali too stands out. Her character is more subtle and poised. Though Deepraj Rana's character is silent, he emotes very well and is able to convey a lot.
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returnshas the balls! Go watch it!
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Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, that released today, had a pretty dull start with a mere 20-25% average occupancy rate all over the country. The movie showed better response in Delhi NCR area; but it seems SBAGR will need a huge turn-around to survive at the Domestic Box Office.
The film is finding hard to create expected waves at the Box Office; mainly due to the ongoing examinations resulting into poor opening for the film.
Mahie Gill in a still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Movie
Nevertheless, the film still has chances to pick up in the evening and night shows. Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns has garnered good reviews from the critics, which will help the film to make business in the coming days. The movie should witness good business in the weekends.
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