Movie Review: Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013)

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The Royal Scandal, the war for power and fight for money continues with the return of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill) is crippled and is trying to recover from the physical disability and his wifes betrayal. The lover cum seductress Madhavi Devi (Mahie Gill) is now an MLA, her relationship with Aditya may have broken to shambles but her relation with alcohol is deep, dark and daunting. Indarjeet Singh, a ragged prince who has lost everything but his pride, pledges to get back his familys respect which was once destroyed by Adityas ancestors. Ranjana is a modern ambitious girl who is madly in love with Indarjeet Singh (Irrfan Khan). The story takes a new turn when Aditya falls in love with Ranjana and forces Birendra (Raj Babbar) her father, for their marriage. In this game of live chess between Saheb, Biwi and Gangster, the winner, the survivor takes it all.

Tigmanshu Dhulia has created an intriguing world with rajas fighting for their kingship; politicians watching porn, gangsters sleeping with the enemy, and women unapologetic about adultery in the ballroom and bedroom. The setting and story is vibrant, dramatic, dark and humourous at the same time. Once again, he scores with his characters – intelligently sketched, with dichotomous layers – dark, brooding, loving and lustful. The editing and the screenplay in the second half lose steam, and the item number (courtesy Mughda Godse) punctures the pace. The climax passively surrenders without the satiating feel of bittersweet revenge.


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Positive Reviews
4.0 “Its drama of dreadful disenchantment doesn’t allow you the luxury of affection.”
First Post
4.0 “Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is better, sharper and more assured than the prequel.”
4.0 “Though not as incredible as the first film, the sequel still makes for a worthwhile watch for the performances, some engaging portions and bits of dark humour.”
4.0 “Do NOT miss this one!”
Zee News
4.0 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is a vivid, vibrant, dramatic, savagely tragic and unexpectedly humorous sequel with gutsy passionate performances.”
3.5 “This may not be Tigmanshu’s best, but it’s a movie with more balls than most cinema can flaunt.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Watch it for the intriguing characters and terrific performances!”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “The characters in the movie are a somewhat deranged bunch quite capable of doing the unthinkable without batting an eyelid.”
NDTV Movies
3.5 ” If you have watched the 2011 movie Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster there is absolutely no reason you want to miss the sequel.”
3.5 “Poised between seductions, love, jealousy, thrill, wicked fun and winning performances Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is dressed to thrill.. go for it.”
3.5 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returnshas the balls! Go watch it!”
Ond India
3.0 “The first half is quite tedious with Tigmanshu Dhulia having to start all over again. The second session perks up considerably to match up to the original.”
3.0 “Tigmanshu Dhulia’s sequel Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns isn’t as impressive as his first offering but still deserves a definite watch for the impeccable writing and performances. “
3.0 “Comedy and tragedy are two sides of the same coin. This film captures it quite well.”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “The ‘return’ is a better film, but it stops short of being excellent.”
Indian Express
3.0 “Nevertheless, film-maker Dhulia’s style of telling his story and the performances he extracts from his actors ensure that “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” is a fun film to watch.”
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster was so bloody awesome but not this sequel”

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