Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster (Film Review)

Randeep Hooda is definitely an underutilized actor, so is Jimmy Shergill. The same cannot be said about Mahie Gill though as she is perfectly put to use in roles that are in stark contrast to the original ones, Paro in Dev D and Chhoti Bahu in Saheb Biwi aur Gangster.

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s new-age take on the Guru Dutt classic is a gripping, well edited and finely crafted old tale in a new, rugged and bold cover.

Sahib (Jimmy Shergill) is the fading king trying to maintain his status at all costs. Even if it meant to ask for help from his dead father’s mistress whom he refuses to address as mother even though his dad had married her. In order to maintain his style, the ‘raja’ takes up contract killings and is nothing more than a royal ‘bhai.’ The local politician (trivedi) and the gang leader (Gainda) are in constant touch and Gainda wants the end of Saheb.

Chhoti Bahu (Mahie Gill) is the neglected wife because the Saheb spends his nights in the ‘Shikar bari’ with his mistress. Walks in “babaloo” (Babloo) aka Lalit (Randeep Hooda) the new driver for Chhoti Bahu, after the wafadar (obedient) old driver meets with an accident as planned by the rival group. The new driver is actually planted by the rival group to give inside informations of the royal family to the enemies. The Chhoti Bahu and Babloo get attracted to each other that lead to intimate physical involvement between the two. Where the driver falls in love with the seductress, eccentric Chhoti Bahu, the neglected queen uses this young man to get rid of her husband’s mistress.

The story is strong, gripping and the multiple twists and turns make it worth watching. Where Anurag Kashyap had shown Mahie Gill as the modern day, independent Paro, Tigmanshu Dhulia has very expertly fitted her into the role of a frustrated smoker/drinker neglected queen. Lot of people compares her looks with the talented actress Tabu, but I don’t think that’s fair. She is a brilliant actress and even proves in every shot in the film. Jimmy Shergill as the Saheb is just superb. Seeing him in earlier films like Mohabattein and Munnabhai MBBS, this was a fresh look as a king. Randeep Hooda is the dark horse and with the most unconventional looks for a Hindi film walks away with the trophy so far as terrific performance is concerned.

Music is good and the songs ‘Jugni’ and ‘Raat Mujhe are sure to be on the top for a while. Overall, a very well made tale of politics, love and betrayal