Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns is a 2013 Bollywood romantic thriller drama film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It is the sequel to the 2011 film, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. The film stars Jimmy Shergill and Mahie Gill, who will all be seen reprising their roles from the previous film, while new additions to the cast include Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan. The film released on March 8, 2013 to huge critical acclaim, much like it predecessor.Wikipedia
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Reviews
Despite its many indulgences 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns' is ultimately an engaging watch. I'm going with three out of five for this fascinating tale of ambition and emotions that might have further benefited from tighter writing.
The story-telling in the first half is so seamless that you overlook the things that had been a problem the first time around.
Indeed, here’s so much plotting and planning going yawn, that you lose track of what’s going on in the cauldron of political ambitions and quickie sex.
It is this anything-goes approach that carries itself on to the opening credits -- with oddly tacky graphics of tossed coins and guns, as if to rub the film’s lack of finesse in our faces -- and to the characters, who are introduced with no subtlety whatsoever: the word Gangster shows up with a funny gong sound, the Biwi appears to wailing B-movie siren sounds in the background.
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns doesn’t fully deliver the juicy thrill of the first film. But it should be seen for its characters and dialogue. These thoroughly nasty people are worth spending time with.
As for the film as a whole, there can be no room for any doubt. It is recommended unequivocally.
This may not be Tigmanshu's best, but it's a movie with more balls than most cinema can flaunt.
At home with the genre, Dhulia delivers a winner that not only entertains, but keeps you engaged with its riveting screenplay and top notch performances.
In essence, the sequel follows the basic pattern of the first film - only the twists this time are more imaginative, the story more complex and thrills smarter.
Different from movies where one can simply predict scenes, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns will surprise you more than just once.
...a twisted tale with a riveting first hour and inconsistent post-interval portions. This film may not be Tigmanshu Dhulia's finest work, but it has moments that prove his supremacy as a storyteller. Watch it for the intriguing characters and terrific performances!
It’s an intricate plot but Dhulia never loses the thread, the structures are cohesive and it’s a pleasure to watch each layer unfold.
SBAGR focuses on the obsessions and passions of the Royal families in UP. And it does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of that vanity of that overt machismo.
Personally, I expected more from Tigmanshu. That he managed to pull all back within the last 20 minutes speaks volumes about his genius. He is one of our best filmmakers today.
All the things that made the first Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster impressive — its mood, its rawness, its rootedness, its boldness - seem much too contrived in its sequel.
Tigmanshu Dhulia’s film is a call to the masses to return to the real India of the hinterland; the place where earthy, solid stories exist. Places where the women can unabashedly say, “Hume mard hi kyu milte hai... Shayar kyun nahi milte!” (Why do we get just men... why not poets!)
Audience Reviews for Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
And then, there is the more succulent, more bold and way stronger Saheb Biwi aur Gangster returns. It is one film I highly recommend you watch, not just because of its impeccable performances and the usual treatment of UP's badlands in the royal way, but also because of a more charming emotional quotient and productive imagination. With this film, Tigmanshu is way more close to SBG his ultimate goal. This is also a better film than the first one, since the male characters have been strongly developed and there are excessively textured female characters who all play their parts well. The narrative threads do pull off to the audience in a seemless manner.
"Not as thrilling as the prequel!!!"
Sequels has been the flavour of the industry in the past few years, but invariably most of the times the sequel barely has any connection with the prequel except for the star cast. However, the sequel of critically acclaimed "Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster", promises to be different & paints a whole new sage of love, power & betrayal. The question now is can the sequel match the lofty standards of its prequel???
The film kicks off from where it has left off in the prequel with Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill) confined to the wheel chair after being paralysed by the gun shot. His relation with his wife, Madhavi Devi (Mahie Gill) was on the rocks as he tries to overcome the infidelity & betrayal she had inflicted on him, while Madhavi who is a MLA seeks solace in alcohol. Seeking to revive the days of yore, Aditya seeks the support of the other royals to ensure that political power rests in their arms. However, in this battle for power adversaries emerges even among trusted lieutenants. Prominent among the foes was Indrajith Singh (Irrfan Khan) who himself was of royal lineage but whose royality has bit the dust with the ill times. As Aditya manipulates for power, Indrajith plots for vengeance & who eventually truimphs forms the crux of the film.
Tigmanshu Dhulia has definitely come up with an impressive script, but certainly not on par with the prequel. Though the first half does build the tempo, the latter half fails to land the knockout punch & fizzles out in a rather predictable manner. Just as in the prequel, the dialogues are spot on & Tigmanshu has to be applauded for it. Sandeep Chowta's background score was good while the music was average at best.
Undoubtedly the biggest plus point of the film is the brilliant performances essayed by Jimmy Shergill & Irrfan Khan. Both of them virtually got into the skin of the character & delivers with panache. Equally impressive were the rest of the cast be it Mahie Gill, though she did seem repetitive towards the latter half, Soha Khan who seemed to be an apt choice for the delicate princess, Raj Babbar and the rest.
Verdict: The film is bound to have an impressive opening considering the positive comments it had garnered from its prequel. Though it was kinda predictable towards the latter half & lacks the flair of the prequel, it still makes for a very good one time watch. So do check it out!!!