Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns-more of the same! Movie Review
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This film is a sequel to the 2011 action thriller “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster” and unlike other sequels that miss the linkages with their previous versions; this film retains many of the original characters. Even the original artists are retained for the sake of credible continuity, making the transition to the new version that much more convenient for returning viewers. Director Timanshu Dhulia seems to have worked on this film with renewed vigour, enthused as he must have been with the success of his first creation. In this sequel, the incidents and characters of the original story get continuity and the fight for money and power continues amidst decadent princely lifestyles.
Plot: Jimmy Shergill continues playing Aditya Pratap Singh and is now seen on a wheel chair, and is desperate to overcome his physical handicaps, and plan new schemes. The lover in his life, Mahi Gill as Madhavi Devi is now a politician, and has taken heavily to alcohol losing control over her actions and dignity, and develops coolness towards Aditya. Into this scenario we find new entrant, Irfan Khan, playing the character of Indrajeet Singh, who is a maverick prince, desperately looking to reclaim the pride of his family which had been shattered by Aditya Pratap’s clan in the past. Indrajeet incidentally is in relationship with Ranjana, a contemporary and pushy girl played by Soha Ali Khan. Ranjana is madly in love with Indrajeet, but this relationship runs into troubled waters when Aditya prevails upon Ranjana’s father Birendra, to give her away in marriage to him. Multiple palace intrigues, political gamesmanship and unbridled violent arm-twisting follow in the subsequent ups and downs that take place amongst the Saheb, Biwi and Gangster, in a game where there seem to be no definite winners.
What stands out in the film is the strong performance of all the main characters and the way their characters have been etched out, by director Dhulia himself along with story writer Kamlesh Pandey, giving the film a greater juiciness and placing it a notch ahead of its prequel. Irfan Khan though a new entrant in the sequel, steals the show in this film with some versatile and superlative acting. No less have been the contributions with the camera by Yogesh Jani and Himman Dhamija, who have captured the princely colours and the action scenes with equal aplomb. Credit should also go to Rahul Shrivastav for deftly arranging the events of two and half hours without ever letting the audience feel even a modicum of drag or staleness. Sandeep Chowta’s music without being a diversion on the main action in the film moves along in a supportive background role adequately. This film on its own stands out for its quality and does not have to depend on the original version for audience appreciation.
Verdict: In fact, those who had missed the prequel, after seeing this would be tempted to catch up with it, even if in reverse sequence.