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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns: Royal wine in leaky bottle

Movie
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
Director
Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast
Mahie Gill, Jimmy Shergill, Soha Ali Khan, Irrfan Khan
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Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is a royal-political drama and a sequel to its predecessor Sahaeb, Biwi Aur Gangster. This sequel has a lot to appreciate in terms of performances but at the same time, it lacks the product Tigmanshu Dhulia used to be known for.

Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns has exactly the same theme and plot like its earlier version but with more grandeur and characters. Dhulia has tried to make a valid sequel, which takes the older story forward with a proper plot-line. So where does Mr. Dhulia lack? Itís the length, cast ensemble, music and the climax.

Unlike its earlier version, the sequel is too long and sometimes really tests your patience. Second, it has so many characters, especially in the second half that sometimes leads to confusion.Third, music is very average. Either the producer should not have put any songs in it or at least worked hard to give a single good number. Fourth, the climax is a mystery. Tigmanshu has purposely left a worm in the audienceís head to wait for the third installment.

The first installment was a short, sweet, crisp, engaging and hot film but the sequel despite an A certificate does not serve anything like that. This movie has a soul in the form of performances and thatís the only reason one would not like to miss this royal treat.

Irrfan Khan as Gangster is outstanding and brilliant. Jimmy Shergill as Saheb is extraordinary. he gets into the skin of the character perfectly. Mahie Gill as a seductress queen, politician and game planner is impressive. Soha Ali Khan is a surprise packet as a Ranjana and she looks pretty. All other characters though limited with their roles, perform their part perfectly.

The background score is impressive but the songs of the movie are lackluster. Cinematography by Yogesh Jani is decent.

Dhulia has set a standard for himself and others for movies like Paan Singh Tomar, Charas, Shagird, Haasil and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster. He should be careful while mixing a good script with the tadka of commercialization because all his previous movies not only earned fame and respect for him but money, too. Recently, Vishal Bhardwaj's movie Matru ki bijlee ka Mandola wasn't received too well because of this commercialization bug.

I believe audience today are more mature and take a well-made product with respect and love. Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is good but could have been better. It's a royal wine in fragrance but not in taste since much of it has been drained out from its leaked bottled of half baked screenplay and editing.

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