Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Reviews
It’s a shame then that Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 never hits the higher notes of Dhulia’s earlier films. It’s a good reminder that a bigger budget and bigger scale don’t necessarily make for a better film.
It’s a crowded film, and several characters get short shrift: Soha Ali Khan, as the permanently inebriated ‘second wife’ of Saheb, is blink-and-miss. There’s too much scatter-shot action, with the plot all over the place.
If only this series had revolved around some deliciously convoluted method to eliminate real gangsters – imagine Saheb and Biwi’s mind games as a warped brand of social vigilantism. If a criminal can’t be rehabilitated, simply throw him into their clutches. But alas, this country will run out of figurative gangsters before an Indian couple acknowledges divorce as a solution.
The royals of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 patronise obscure traditions and look more ancient than a ‘70s film. It offers nothing other than a niggling ache. It’s certainly a question mark on Tigmanshu’s otherwise satisfactory filmography.
Sanjay Dutt’s screen time is too less to feel his presence in the film especially in the first half.
Out of place wit, flimsy motives, clumsily picturised songs, dispensable characters, phony instances of adultery and a parody of a climax ensure there is no hope for Dhulia's depthless, disappointing, drama.
That statement could well be directed at the makers of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3. The title has a resonance thanks to the impact that the film's two predecessors had made. Frittering it away on a flimsy Russian roulette-style effort isn't a good idea. So when the team decides to come up with another follow-up - the final moments of this film suggest that the fourth may not be far away - it will have to go all guns blazing. Or not at all.
With so many characters there is often a problem of plenty, but with taut writing and an unpredictable narrative, writers Sanjay Chouhan and Tigmanshu Dhulia manage to stay ahead of the curve. Of course, Dhulia falls prey to usual pitfalls of a forgettable item number and a totally avoidable love song, but what redeems him are the crisp punch-packed dialogues, which are less dramatic and more effective. Overall, with a screenplay that surprises and performances to match, SBG3 successfully takes the legacy forward with minor bumps on the way.
The Saheb Biwi aur Gangster movies have thrived on the combination of sex, power, lies and backstabbing but this time around Dhulia is low on ideas, humour and most importantly a compelling narrative.
‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3’, with an ‘A’ certification, seems more an exercise in titillation than an attempt at recounting a twisted tale about complex characters. The latest edition is no match for the intrigue and the craft that was at display when Dhulia directed the prequels. Without any FOMO, you can give this a wide berth.
aheb Biwi Aur Gangster follow a template. The films are based in the hinterlands and infused with local flavours and nuances.
The first two Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster films were gratifying action-and-vengeance-packed rides. This one is just okay.
The weakest of the trilogy, this story takes exceedingly long to set up the key players and their motivations. Dhulia does end part three neatly poised for a follow up. That might work too, as long as Gill and Sheirgill are at the epicentre and the gangster is not required to dance and sing romantic songs amidst sand dunes.
There’s random sex, flirtation and dropping of the sari pallu -- none of which is aesthetically pleasing. The film has no memorable songs either and even fails to move you with a cover of the popular Lata Mangeshkar song, Lag Ja Gale. With a hint of another sequel, either Dhulia takes a hard look at the relevance of this franchise, or convinces Salman Khan for a ‘he is the bhai’ edition and mint money.
Audience Reviews for Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3
Seems like the last weekend was reserved specifically for franchise movies. If Hollywood had "MI6" gracing the screens, then Bollywood had "Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3". Both the prequels of "SBG" had garnered substantial critical acclaim & Tigmanshu Dhulia would be hoping that he could maintain the trend in the latest installment as well. With the addition of Sanjay Dutt into the mix to essay the part of the gangster, Dhulia cant be blamed if he believed that it would translate into more footfalls in the theatre. So did his plan work out as expected???
Saheb/Aditya Pratap (Jimmy Shergill) was still in jail & was trying to buy his way out into the open world. On the other hand, his biwi/Madhavi Devi (Mahi Gill) had become MP & was doing everything within her power to keep him behind bars. But Aditya managed to get out of jail with the help of his aid Kanhaiya (Deepraj Rana) & his daughter, Deepal (Pamela Bhutoria), much to the chagrin of Madhavi. It was at this juncture that she came into acquaintance with Uday Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt), who also belonged to royal lineage though he had a strained relationship with his father & brother. With Aditya seeking to acquire power, Madhavi proposes a deal to Uday whereby he will kill Saheb in exchange for her help to acquire the land that he had set his eyes upon for his heritage hotel. So will Uday accept the deal especially since the biwi is known for double crossing???
Just as in the previous editions, the basic premise was pretty much the same with the Saheb & Biwi at loggerheads with each other. It is a concoction of revenge, infidelity, back stabbing and ambition to rise at any cost. But what had made the previous installments stand out was that the whole tale was cohesive & intriguing which is sadly not the case in the latest version. The script by Sanjay Chauhan along with Dhulia, was just not compelling enough & to make matters worse, the gangster portion didn't make any sense. Amalendu's visuals were decent enough while none of the other technical aspects deserved special mention.
Both Jimmy Shergill & Mahi Gill has done a fine job in their respective roles while Sanjay Dutt, who was brought in with much fanfare seemed totally disinterested & didn't gel in the movie. As for the rest of the cast, Kabir Bedi hams, Deepak Tijori proves he is still alive, Nafisa Ali & Soha Ali Khan included for reasons only the director could answer, Chitrangada Singh wasted while Zakir Hussain does what was expected of him.
Verdict: There is no doubt that this is the weakest movie among the three parts & the manner in which it has ended, seems to indicate that a fourth part might be in the cards. However, unless Dhulia regains his touch which he seems to have lost since "Bullet Raja"; he shouldn't even attempt the next installment. The ploy to release the movie after "Sanju" in order to reap the benefits of the good will generated due to the sanitized biopic has completely backfired as Sanjay's part was poorly etched & performed. In short, don't bother!!!
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 3, is a thriller – the third one in the series of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster by Tigmanshu Dhulia. The film fails to rise beyond mediocrity. It is the same old story of restlessness of ex-royal families, love, sex, treachery, power snatching, revenge, manipulations etc. The film gets very much predictable, since it has nothing new to offer than its previous two installments – ‘Saheb Biwi aur Gangster’ and ‘Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns’. The film has so many characters but most of them are shortchanged – be it the characters of Nafisa Ali, Soha Ali Khan, Deepraj Rana, Kabir Bedi, Deepak Tijori or the gorgeous Chitrangada Singh. Sanjay Dutt has very dispassionately acted, in fact, many of his dialogue deliveries also look very superficial. The only highlights of the film are Jimmy Shergill and Mahi Gill and their scenes together with ongoing banter, manipulations, hide and seek game of revenge etc. The plot certainly had tremendous scope, but it seems that the plot is not explored to the depth, dealt at a very shallow level. Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 3 suffers from poor screenplay and shortchanged characters.
The film begins from where the second film in its series ‘Saheb Biwi aur Ganhster returns’ ends. Saheb – Aditya (Jimmy Shergill), is imprisoned on a murder charge. Biwi – Madhavi (Mahi Gill), who is now a Member of Parliament as well, does lot of manipulations so as to ensure that Aditya does not get bail. But ultimately Aditya also through crooked manners manages to get bail. Gangster – Uday (Sanjay Dutt) also belongs to a royal family, who is notorious for his bad temperament. He had to go on exile for 20 years. On his return to India, not only conspiracy within his family begins but also the drama begins amongst Saheb, Biwi and the Gangster.
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 3’s plot certainly had tremendous scope, but it seems that the plot is not explored to the depth, dealt at a very shallow level. It suffers from poor screenplay and shortchanged characters. The only highlights of the film are Jimmy Shergill and Mahi Gill and their scenes together with ongoing banter, manipulations, hide and seek game of revenge etc.