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.