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Saheb Biwi aur Gangster – movie review

An altered version of Guru Dutt's Saheb, Biwi aur Ghulam


Saheb Biwi aur Gangster - movie review

Saheb Biwi aur Gangster is an altered version of the Guru Dutt’s classic Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam (1962) which was produced by him and directed by Abrar Alvi. The adapted version too has streaks of brilliance.

Based in a small town in the Northern part of India, Sahib Biwi aur Gangster is a story packed with intrigue betrayal and ambition between a beautiful Begum, her Nawab husband and an ambitious young boy.

The Nawab (Jimmy Shergill) and his Begum (Mahie Gill), live in their ancestral royal house trying to maintain the status and structure their ancestors had left behind. But due to the changing time, some extreme financial conditions and the long gone habit of a royal having a mistress, the Nawab tries real hard to maintain his status and financial conditions.

His rival political party, belonging to Gainda Singh is on a constant mission to eliminate the Nawab and his allies, to get a hold of the administration, which has been with this royal family for decades. Eventually leaving him with just one Kanahiya who is Saheb’s most trusted and dangerous servant.

Due to the Nawab’s interest in his beautiful mistress, Begum suffers seriously from the lack of his attention and tries to put every bit of her effort into getting him to come back to her or even spend a moment of his time with her. The Nawab starts taking contract killing assignments to be able to cope up with his lifestyle and to be able to get a stronger hold over his political situation while campaigning for the elections, which becomes a difficult battle considering the loss of his allies and deteriorating financial situation.

The drama in the plot walks in when the same rival gang plant Babblo (Randeep Hooda), to get information and plot the Nawab’s killing, as the temporary driver for Begum as her age-old driver meets with an accident, which was also conspired by the same group.

Begum suffering from the lack of her husbands attention and slightly hysterical due to the same gets into a sort of sexual relationship with this young driver who seems to be giving more of his time to her.

In this process, Babblo falls deeply in love with the Begum and lands up confessing of his connections and intentions in front of the Nawab. This is exactly the point where the entire drama between the Sahib, his Biwi and Babloo the gangster begins.

The story of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster is filled with twists and turns as Biwi uses Babblo to get the mistress killed to gain back the lost attention from her husband. Babloo manages to fulfill her demand but in turn gets ambitious and wants the begum for himself and the power which Saheb now holds after he eliminates Gainda Singh.

Biwi is worried since she knows that Babloo wants to eliminate Saheb, how this brutal triangle gets deciphered forms the climax of this story.

Superb performances from the trio – Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill and Randeep Hooda make this thriller drama an exciting watch. Jimmy specifically is magnificently restrained.

Director Tigmanshu Dhulia has a sharp eye for detail and meticulously crafted this drama into a fascinating thriller.

Cast of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster:
Jimmy Shergill as Sahib
Mahie Gill as Biwï
Randeep Hooda as Gangster
Vipin Sharma as Gainda Singh
Deepal Shah as Bijli

Credits & Crew of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster:
Directed By Tigmanshu Dhulia
Written By Rahul Srivastava
Produced By Atul Agnihotri
Cameraman/DOP: Aseem Mishra
Co-writers: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Sanjay Chouhan
Editor: Rahul Srivastava
Sound Designer: Rakesh Ranjan
Music Director: Abhishek Ray
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster – movie review