Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster: Movie Review

[Rating: 3] 

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia 

Cast & Crew: Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda.

Plot: Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster follows a Nawab (Jimmy Shergill), his begum (Mahie Gill) and her passionate relationship with Babaloo the gangster (Randeep Hooda). Set against decaying royalty in a small town in Northern India, the film follows three individuals threatening to destroy each other for greed, power, love/lust, and pride. 

Review: Borrowing the basic concept from Guru Dutts’ classic, “Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster” is a gripping modern day version laced with love, deceit, lust, greed and all of the other Bestseller ingredients. Tigmanshu Dhulia (Haasil, Shagird) crafts each character and scene with enough suspense and intrigue to keep you engaged throughout. With a rock solid script, impactful dialogues and some power packed performances to back him up, he has created an absolute winner in “Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster”. 

In a decaying haveli in northern India sits Saheb (Jimmy Shergill), pride intact but not wealth. Thanks to tough times, Saheb is reduced to being a glorified hitman for corrupt politicians and businessmen. In his free time he swings by to visit a sultry mistress he keeps. His wife (Mahie Gill), The Begum, is reduced to bouts of hysteria thanks to Saheb’s lack of attention to her. Enter Babaloo (Randeep Hooda), a small time gangster hired by Saheb’s enemies to spy on him. A hysterical and ignored Begum and a power and attention hungry gangster begin a torrid affair under Saheb’s nose. Do these two lovers have alternate motives? Or are they really in love? And what happens when Saheb finds out?

Jimmy Shergill has finally begun to get his due in terms of good scripts. Hopefully he continues his good run and we get to see more of his acting prowess. Randeep Hooda finds his mark playing Babaloo, the small town gangster and he plays it with equal menace and charm. Fast replacing Kangana Ranaut as tragedy queen, Mahie Gill pulls another semi-nude, distressed femme fatale with ease. The music although out of place at times, is still somewhat memorable. Cinematically too “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster” paints a rich picture. So, all in all a very good weekend watch for those who enjoy rustic and twisted new age love, lust and greed stories.

Verdict: A riveting script and laudable performances make it a good watch for seekers (adult) of thrilling entertainers. 

Malvika Rao

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