|Irrfan Khan and Mahie Gill|
I was never much of a
fan of ‘Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster’ unlike many people who found it to be
reverting. I also wrote a scathing review of the film two years back mentioning
that the talented director ‘Tigmanshu Dhulia’ had not done enough to make a
great film inspite of enough content. Today after watching the sequel, which is
now, used as an adjective of the word ‘worse’ I graciously bow my hat to Mr
Dhulia, for he has done something that only a few are able to do - Improve
Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster
Returns may not have a great title but it does have a good script and author
backed performance by its leading cast to make up for it. The story and
dialogues are also by Dhulia who creates a complicated story of betrayal and
power among the obsolete royalty of Uttar Pradesh.
Jimmy Shergill (Sahib
Aditya Pratap Singh) and Mahie Gill (Choti Rani, Madhavi Devi) reprise their roles as the estranged husband and
wife. In this installment through we see two more players in the form of
Indrajeet Singh (Irrfan Khan), a prince who pledges to get back his family's
respect which was once destroyed by Aditya's ancestors. The second is Ranjana
(Soha Ali Khan), a princess who Sahib wants to marry, who incidentally is in
love with Indrajeet.
strength of the film lies in the very intricate plot that follows the strengths
and weaknesses of the players very closely. Mahie Gill finally gets to be more
than a seductress and portrays an insecure wife, who has the cunning of a fox
and yet craves for attention like a child. Shergill is brilliant as Sahib and
depicts the nuances of lost king well, proud and strong but weak and handicapped
at the same time. His romantic angle with Ranjana adds freshness to the plot
which is otherwise full of deceit and power games. And it is this freshness
that gives the story its one final twist. It is difficult to be disappointed by
Irrfan Khan in any film. This film is no different and he succeeds to give the film not just great
dramatic moments but also rib-tickling comic scenes as well.
film could do away with the one item song with Mugdha Godse but other than
that, the story is kept taut with minimal distractions. I particularly like the
song ‘Idhar Gire’ which tries to recreate the aura of the pre-independence
royalty while the Choti Rani goes through emotion turmoil, finding publicly that
she is being replaced by a younger woman. While I would have expected a few
broken glasses, instead what we get is a ballroom dance sequence between Gill
and Soha Ali Khan. Try as hard, it will force a sadistic smile on your face.
Do not take young children
for obvious reasons...Yes, it is 'A' Rated.
Labels: Drama, Good, Hindi