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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns: yet another royal scandal

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 08, 2013
First Published: 16:01 IST(8/3/2013) | Last Updated: 18:18 IST(8/3/2013)

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

Director
Tigmanshu Dhulia (Last directed Paan Singh Tomar; 2012)
Starring Irrfan in the lead role, critics declared Paan Singh Tomar one of the best films made last year. It received accolades from almost all quarters.

Music
Sandeep Chowta
The film’s music has received a few encouraging reviews, with some calling the album ‘hatke’ and others deeming it ‘limiting’.

Controversies/stunts
A few days ago, the film was given an ‘A’ certificate by the Censor Board. Director Tigmanshu made his discontent very clear. Meanwhile, Jimmy Shergill did his bit by announcing his discomfort with the token sex scene in the film. The leading ladies also inspired a line of clothing, which is available online.

SahebMarketing/hype
In a first, the Pataudi Palace was apparently opened up for a promotional activity for the film. Soha, whose brother just happens to be the Nawab of Pataudi, claimed she knew nothing about any such development. The makers also planned to host a special screening of the film for a royal family in Gujarat, which is where they shot major portions of the film.

Our assessment
The director of the film, Tigmanshu, is on a roll. After his accolade-winning performance in Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) and his critically favoured last release, he has developed a fan base that’s genuinely awaiting this film. However, if you haven’t watched the first part, the promos don’t really make you want to catch up. 
 
For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of  Hindustan Times

Film: Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
Cast: Irrfan (last seen in Paan Singh Tomar; 2012), Jimmy Shergill (last seen in Special 26), Mahie Gill (last seen in Dabangg 2; 2012) and Soha Ali Khan (last seen in Soundtrack; 2011)
Storyline: The sequel picks up from where the 2011 film, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, left off. The struggle for power between the saheb (Jimmy Shergill), who is now wheelchair-ridden, and the gangster (Irrfan), who is hell bent on killing the sahib,
continues.

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