Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Hindi Movie Review
There definitely have been zillion remakes of zillion films in the past but Tigmanshu Dulia dishes out a reprised version of cult classic Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam with an added new age twist in the plot with the title Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. Been in news for its bold scenes, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (SBAG) is much more than a sex based film.
Saheb that is Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill) is a Pauper Prince, a King whose royalty has been evaded due to the changing times leading to bankruptcy. In order to desperately keep his lifestyle, Saheb maintains his own political nexus. His wife Chhoti Rani i.e. the Biwi (Mahie Gill) turns hysterical due to her unrequited love for Saheb. She yearns for his love and attention but Saheb's smitten by his mistress Mahua.
Enters Babloo i.e. the Gangster (Randeep Hooda), an opportunist or Moka-tarian as he likes to call himself, who wants to climb up the ladder and dethrone Saheb. He joins Saheb's house as a drive and soon an affair sparks off between the lovelorn Biwi and the opportunist Gangster. Babloo's insatiable ambitions lead to a big cat and mouse chase of power and money.
The biggest strength of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster lies in its narration. This sex-based political drama has each and every element of filmmaker in the right dose. So not only there are strong undercurrents of political hustle, but also the love track in the right amount. Never for once does any track try to overpower the other. There's a perfect blend of love, lust and lethal political war of power and money.
The script is edgy and crisp and the screenplay tight. There's not a moment in the where you get time to even blink your eyes. The first half moves quickly. You do feel a slack in the second half but that too comes only for a few minutes. The story picks up once again and ends on a thrilling note.
Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia flawlessly captures the badlands of North India and succeeds commendably in presenting a realistic and gritty drama. The level of detailing that he does for SBAG is laudable. The dialogues, the character-sketch, the setting and the plot all ride on the director's shoulder and are executed with great finesse.
If Tigmanshu presents a stupendous narrative, even the actors impress the audience with their performance. Jimmy Shergill is perfect as the royal Saheb, Mahie fits the bill of a lovelorn Biwi and Randeep Hooda is brilliant as roadside Romeo turned gangster.
Music and background score are also in sync with the film with two songs Chu Chu Chu and I love to love you standing out from the lot!
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is meant for smart audience that doesn't enter the cinema hall expected crass masala flick in the name of entertainment.