Verdict: An out-of-the-box thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Directed by Pratim D. Gupta, Shaheb Bibi Golaam is a musical thriller set in the city of joy, Kolkata. The film revolves around three characters who are not exactly virtuous and have peculiar habits. What becomes common among the three is the fact that they all have an integral part to play in a crime they cannot undo.
The film begins with Jimmy Luke (Anjan Dutt), a former-cop-turned hitman, who loses faith in all things good. He is seen as being amoral but only until he is contacted by a local politician to help clean up a 'mess' his brat of a son, Zico (Vikram Chatterjee) has made.
The mid section of the film lends itself to Jaya (Swastika Mukherjee), a homemaker who lives with her husband and a domineering mother-in-law. In her otherwise unfulfilling life, she finds relief in her daughter. Her little girl, Tua, becomes the only reason why she endures it all. Jaya, however, decides to take a chance when she discovers a quick way to make money. In this processs, she has hopes of finding herself.
The last third of the film is about Javed (Ritwick Chakraborty), a cabby who is smitten by an upper class girl. His love interest, Rumi (Parno Mittra), however, is initially unaware of his existence. One night, she makes a decision that changes just about everything.
While the film may not particularly be fast-paced, Gupta plays with a non-linear narrative structure and succeeds in making it easily understandable. Striking a balance between subtlety and blatancy, the script, besides being experimental, beautifully lends itself to character development making the three leads- Mukherjee, Dutt and Chakraborty – unforgettable.
Shaheb Bibi Golaam not only has the perfect combination of a great script and outstanding performances, it is also equipped with twists at every point, keeping the viewer guessing up to the last minute. This piece of work does have a sequence or two that may shock sensibilities. However, these only serve the overall arc of the story.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Shaheb Bibi Golaam for an engaging story and brilliant performances.