Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 June 2016
News updated at 1:46 AM IST
Weather
Max: 25.7°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster' movie review: Rerun of the quirky and violent

Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Mar 8, 2013:
A still from the movie

A politician learning to video chat, a man trying to draw blood with a rusty knife and a newbie MLA who doesn’t know what a police FIR is - moments that make Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” a film that successfully marries the quirky with the violent.

Dhulia’s sequel to his 2011 film takes off smoothly from where the original left off. Jimmy Shergill plays Aditya Pratap Singh, a crippled erstwhile royal trying to hold on to his power while Mahie Gill plays his alcoholic, erratic wife Madhavi. Both hate each other but stay married anyway for practical reasons.

Aditya falls for the beautiful daughter of a neighbouring king and blackmails her father into agreeing to their match. What he doesn’t know is that Ranjana (Soha Ali Khan) is already in love with Inderjit (Irrfan Khan) who has a grudge against Aditya.

Ranjana’s father entrusts Inderjit with ensuring that Aditya is destroyed before he marries his daughter, but Inderjit weaves such a tangled web it is no surprise when he gets caught in it himself.

Dhulia directs the film with a deft hand, introducing idiosyncrasies in each character that make them interesting, and punctuating his narrative with a lot of quirky humour, as he did in the first film.

Where he veers off the path in the second half is when the film gets too complicated with several subplots and characters cluttering up the storyline. What saves the film is the dialogue, which is crisp and uses several pop culture references.

Dhulia is aided by the performances from his leading men. Both Jimmy Shergill and Irrfan Khan are exceptional, embodying their characters to the tee. What makes them even better is that the two women are at the opposite end of the spectrum, looking like amateurs in front of Khan and Shergill.

Mahie Gill’s Meena Kumari act is affected and likely to grate on your nerves rather than help her character get sympathy. Soha Ali Khan gives a one-note performance and her Ranjana never quite comes to life.

Nevertheless, film-maker Dhulia’s style of telling his story and the performances he extracts from his actors ensure that “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” is a fun film to watch.

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily of Thomson Reuters)


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
BJP activists holding a protest in front of Ram Remple in Bhubaneswar on Friday...

BJP activists holding a protest in front of Ram Remple in Bhubaneswar on Friday...

Puneri Paltan captain Manjeet Chillar poses for media during a press conference of Pro Kabaddi...

Puneri Paltan captain Manjeet Chillar poses for media during a press conference of Pro Kabaddi...

John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez during the pramotion...

John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez during the pramotion...

Former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad being feliciated with an Assamese traditional ...

Former cricketer Venkatesh Prasad being feliciated with an Assamese traditional ...

Modi paying floral tributes at the bust of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri...

Modi paying floral tributes at the bust of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Indian community children in  Tashkent...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Indian community children in Tashkent...

Children of Madarsa Maulana Azad Upper Primary School pray for rains in Jodhpur ...

Children of Madarsa Maulana Azad Upper Primary School pray for rains in Jodhpur ...

Launch of the Rolls-Royce Dawn in Mumbai...

Launch of the Rolls-Royce Dawn in Mumbai...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during...

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the Invest in India Business Forum in Beijing...

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the Invest in India Business Forum in Beijing...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523