Movie Review: Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011)

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Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And the power to create cinema that takes the prevalent language of narration into the domain of the dark and unpredictable is a privilege belonging to some politically savvy filmmakers. Sudhir Mishra tops the list. Tigmanshu Dhulia follows close behind.

The manner in which Dhulia brings into play the murky, sleazy politics of Uttar Pradesh is remarkable for the fusion of lies and truth with the borderline between the two extremes simply blurring.

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is an audacious tongue-in-cheek homage to Guru Dutt’s timeless classic Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Don’t believe the director’s protestations to the contrary. Dhulia’s film even opens with an unabashed tribute to Guru Dutt’s film with skeletons being dug out during an excavation.

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.


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Positive Reviews
4.0 “Don’t like run-of-the-mill stuff? Will surely like this…it’s different.”
4.0 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster draws you in at the very start, keeps you hooked throughout, and ends on a high. In other words, you have very little reason to miss the film. Don’t.”
DNA India
4.0 “‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster is a clear masterstroke from a gifted film-maker.”
4.0 “This film can’t be missed.”
3.5 “SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER is a well-made film that works for its powerful plot, engaging script, commanding dialogue and super performances.”
3.5 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is a gripping tale of intricate politics, love and betrayal.”
3.5 “A wholesome, hugely satisfying film after a long time.A must-watch!”
3.5 “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. It is witty and deserves a watch.”
3.5 “This one is admirably inspired, is almost a sophomore effort.”
3.5 “Script is King.”
3.5 “A film that is easily the surprise package this season when more and more films are trying to push the envelope.”
3.5 “The movie is a dream combo of a nearly perfect script and some neat performances by the cast.”
3.0 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster turns progressively Shakespearean towards the end with three protagonists hurling towards self-destruction.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster’: potent mix of passion, politics”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Not a perfect film, but one that has its moments. “
IBN Live
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is entertaining but it has its share of flaws. It may work in U.P., Bihar and other parts of North India but universal acceptance is ruled out.”
2.0 “Sahib Bibi aur Gangster is one of those films which occasionally slides smoothly into top gear, but the ride overall bumps over traversed terrain.”


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