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.
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. less
“Inspired from the 60's hit film 'Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam', this royal threesome keeps the audiences engrossed with its well defined, intriguing characters, an awe-inspiring plot and a couple of powerful performances. Go for it!”
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In Uttar Pradesh, there is a specific region known as the Lucknow Kanpur belt. People who belong to these places will agree that there are certain characteristics with which they are identified - Cunning, street smart, and above all, highly bak***d (Yes, I can sense some of you smile).
In a particular scene, Saheb comments, "English me ek muhavara hota hai... A Leopard can never lose its spots..." The shrewd neta interrupts in a conciliatory tone, "Ek minute phir se boliye zara, mai kahin likh leta hu..."
I heartily guffawed. And the 'muhavara' was yet to be completed, which would induce another loud chuckle. The entire setting and the temperament that the characters portrayed made me reminiscent of a lot of friends whom I have been close to. Thus I identify with the dark and sarcastic tone heavily although I do not directly belong to the region where it is preached. It is this chord which Director Tigmanshu Dhulia strikes again with the cult of followers who worship him for 'Haasil' (yours truly included). This guy knows us: he knows how we behave, and what we believe in, and Bang !! delivers it on the big screen, for a deja vu experience. Something which the Karan Johars and Yash Chopras of Bollywood have never been able to do.
And please do not judge the film by the sleazy scenes which have been used to promote it. There's so much more to this masterpiece. The crackling dialogues, the intelligent screenplay and bombastic acting from even those who have been written off years ago, like Deepal Shaw.
Saheb Biwi aur Gangster works for me because I am impatient and low on concentration, and yet I couldn't bat an eyelid for 2 hours. 30 minutes into the movie, I was so worked up that I cursed the people sitting in front of me who couldn't stop laughing making me miss the next 2 lines.
In terms of acting, talking only about Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill and Randeep Hooda would be disrespectful to the ensemble cast without whom the film would have lost its spark. I particularly loved 'neta ji', who believed that talking about a dead father was a waste of time, which could have been better spent in cutting a deal. The same guy prefers eating hens instead of roosters, and not particularly for the taste.
Vishal Bhardwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, and Tigmanshu Dhulia - Thank you Sirs, for this 'rustic' brand of cinema. You all have given me experiences that I can never forget.
And I am sure Guru Dutt Sahab would love this fitting tribute as much as I did.
PS - The film opened to one show a day in INOX Chennai on Friday (getting theaters to show films in this part of India is particularly tough, with as many as 6 languages vying for audiences). They increased it to two by Sunday.