Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster: Script is King

Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster
A; Drama,
Dir: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill
Rating: ***1/2

Even before the movie begins, you get a good feeling about it.  Fortunately, it lives up to that intuition. A crackling script, fantastic direction and amazing performances, this movie almost deserves to be called a classic.

Sahib (Jimmy Shergill) is a sovereign who has lost all his glory and money, and therefore has to resort to certain criminal activities to keep up his ostentatious lifestyle. Add to that, he has to borrow money from his stepmother (who has inherited all the money from his dad). On top of it, he is losing the power game to his rival... all these factors not helping his self-esteem. His mistress Mahua and   his trusted servant ???, however, ensure he gets his periodical ego boosts.

Biwi is Mahie Gill, who is mentally imbalanced and pines for her husband's attention, while he spends most nights with Mahua. Then there's the handsome, but cocky Bablu (Randeep Hooda), who has a clear agenda in place. But all the agendas and motives go for a toss, when Bablu falls in love with the Biwi. While she is looking for physical gratification, he is looking for something far beyond.

Some of the dialogues in the movie are so brilliant that the writer of such gems deserves a big pat and perhaps some awards too. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia (who has co-written this stellar script with Sanhay Chauhan) doesn't let your attention waver even for a minute, as he spins the story of a violent nexus between power brokers and politicians, and how far they will go to protect their power equations.

Randeep Hooda stands out for his brilliant performance. This guy definitely deserves more such roles. Jimmy Shergill is also very good. Mahie Gill, however, fails to really excite given that she has some fantastic bold scenes to show off her acting skills. No doubt she looks hot, but she ends up giving an average performance.

But the superhero -- I must reiterate and stress on this again -- is the script and its fantastic dialogues.

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