Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns: yet another royal scandal

  • Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergil and Mahie Gill

    Starring Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergil and Mahie Gill, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns releases today.

  • Soha Ali Khan

    Soha Ali Khan plays the love interest of Irrfan Khan in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.

  • Mughda Godse

    Mughda Godse has an item number, Balma Band Kamre Me Rajneeti Kare, in Saheb Biwi Aur Ganster Returns which also sounds like a political sattire.

  • Jimmy Shergil and Soha Ali Khan

    Jimmy Shergil is back as the Saheb from the first film. Soha Ali Khan too features in the sequel.

  • Mahie Gill

    Mahie Gill is set to take the character of Biwi further in the sequel. She plays Jimmy's wife in the movie.

  • Soha Ali Khan

    Soha Ali Khan in a still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.

  • Mahie Gill

    The trailer and teasers of the movie have maintained the suspense as to who is the guy with whom Mahie Gill, the Biwi, betrays Saheb ...

  • Mahie Gill

    Mahie Gill in a still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.

  • Irrfan Khan

    Irrfan Khan plays the Gangster in this sequel. The first movie had Randeep Hooda playing the Gangster.

  • Jimmy Shergil

    Jimmy Shergil in a still from Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.

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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