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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns movie review: A hard-hitting tale about star-crossed lovers, laced with dark humour and wit!

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns movie review: A hard-hitting tale about about star-crossed lovers!

A violent drama set at the crossroads where fading relics of Indian royalty, gangsters and politics meet to weave an engaging tale of crime, lust and betrayal

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!

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns' review: Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'ghamasan' return!

'Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns' review: Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'ghamasan' return! Ananya Bhattacharya

There are times when you are so overwhelmed by a film that you need some time for it to sink in. This is one such film. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns' is nothing short of a miracle. It pervades the senses, lets you clutch your sides out of laughter, leaves you in tears, makes you gape at it in wonder all in a mere span of 145 minutes. And that bit of time too flies away at an indescribable pace. Before one knows, 'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns' captures one to the limit of their last blink, mesmerises one and leaves them with a plethora of inexpressible emotions. If its prequel 'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster' was a terrific film, this one is twofold so. Or maybe manifold.


Dhulia's script is original, fresh and takes the story forward from where the last one had ended. There are well fleshed out characters who slip into their roles with breathtaking ease. Not one character is wasted; not one moment seems unnecessary. In times when prolixity is pass, Dhulia revels in holding a viewer's attention span for the entire duration: one wayward glance, and one regrets missing something!

'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster' ends with Madhvi (Mahie Gill) the Biwi killing Babloo the Gangster (Randeep Hooda). Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill as Saheb), meanwhile, is paralysed waist down from a gunshot. Madhvi takes over the politics of the area and seals sympathy votes in her favour, and consequently is elected the MLA from her territory.

Saheb and Biwi's strained marital relationship, glimpses of which were visible in the earlier part, have escalated to indomitable levels now. So have Biwi's alcohol consumption, eccentricity and pining for her husband. Aditya, meanwhile, takes a liking to his stepmother's friend's daughter Ranjana (Soha). Ranjana is in love with Indrajeet Singh (Irrfan), a prince whose ancestors had lost their kingdom to the neighbouring king Aditya Pratap's ancestor and who is fondly called 'Raja Bhaiyya' by his people.

When 'Bunny Uncle' (Raj Babbar) Soha's father hears that Aditya Pratap, a married man, has taken a fancy to his daughter, his rage is understandable. Just that the Saheb is a man who can get Ranjana's brother arrested in Dubai on false charges and then arm-twist her father to get her engaged to him. Indrajeet doesn't hesitate to announce war on his ancestral enemy's clan and says, "Jung hogi... ghamasan hogi..." (There will be war. A dangerous one.)

In his journey to reclaiming his love from the scheming Saheb, Indra charms the Biwi, is deviated on the way, goes to every length and breadth of what his commitment to Ranjana entails him to do... In between, there are politicians to be tackled, people to be killed off, his police inspector of a younger brother (Parvesh Rana) to be taken under his wing. The journey of 'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns' is one fraught with twists in every turn of the tale.

Jimmy Sheirgill's act is spectacular to say the least. The sheer brilliance with which he portrays the frustrations of a man confined to a wheelchair, who can do nothing but watch his whimsical wife squander his work away, is extremely laudable.

Mahie Gill the Bertha Mason-ish Biwi who shoots a gun with as much ease as she does her glances, is terrific for want of a more intense word. She packs her performance with extreme poignancy on the one hand and shrewdness on the other. Nobody can even afford to neglect either Mahie the actor or Madhvi the character. While you can't help not admiring her accomplishments with the brain, you end up feeling sad for this woman who can stop short at nothing in her quest of getting her Saheb back.

Irrfan Khan... how does one begin speaking of him! Irrfan's Indrajeet Singh the prince who wants to be the knight in shining armour for his damsel who calls him out in her distress is one that might go down in the history of Hindi cinema as one of the most powerful of characters in this era. The actor leaves one laughing hard at his comic antics, makes one admire him in moments such as when he shoots a Polo ball at Aditya Pratap Singh, and at other times, leaves one in tears. For an actor who can make an entire gamut of emotions come alive on a viewer's face, there's hardly anything that needs to be said about his skills. And Irrfan does so with extreme potency.

Soha Ali Khan, in her moments, is exquisite. Distressed at times, in the throes of a transactional relationship, Soha leaves her viewers mesmerised with her performance. As an addition to the team of 'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns', this Khan delivers a power-packed act. Parvesh Rana as the cop justifies the fact that years of Television have done wonders to chisel his acting skills. The supporting cast of the film is entirely admirable, and Raj Babbar a brilliant actor finds a special mention.

The screenplay calls for an ear-splitting applause. So does the background score, the camera work, the art direction, the nuances, the subtle pot shots at the contemporary politics of the day, the acting in a nutshell, everything.

Tigmanshu Dhulia's film is a call to the masses to return to the real India of the hinterland; the place where earthy, solid stories exist. Places where the women can unabashedly say, "Hume mard hi kyu milte hai... Shayar kyun nahi milte!" (Why do we get just men... why not poets!)

Four stars from me for Tigmanshu Dhulia's masterpiece. Do NOT miss this one!

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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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didnt watched the 1st part bt sounds good!!

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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Movie Review - It has the balls!

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Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013, 14:38 [IST]
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3.5/5

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.

Minuses
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.

Story
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.

Performances
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.

Verdict
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returnshas the balls! Go watch it!


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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Has Dull Start At The Box Office

March 8th, 2013 by Mukul Kr. Sharma

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

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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One film I am looking forward to watch!

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