Saheb Biwi Aur Ganster Returns is a sequel to the 2011 film,
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. It is, like its predecessor, a
film about about warring men but the winner eventually is a woman.
Jimmy Shergill, who has taken to illegal ways including running
a dacoit gang to maintain his royal lifestyle since losing all
the privileges, survived a shootout with his enemy but lost movement
in his legs. He is wheelchair bound and had to give up his MLA
seat to his wife, Mahie Gill. The sequel takes it from here.
one is about four UP royals, now deep into politics. Of these,
Shergill and Raj Babbar are the main ones. The four don't belong
to any party but all are against the ruling party's proposal to
divide UP into four states. Shergill is in control because he
is the one the others turn to when they need muscle. His henchman,
Deepraj Rana, is loyal and asks no questions when needed to eliminate
his boss's enemies.
Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nitin Tej
Ahuja, Rahul Mittra.
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia.
Cast: Irrfan, Jimmy Shergill, Soha Ali Khan, Mahie
Gill, Raj Babbar, Deepraj Rana, Pravesh Rana, Rajeev Gupta.
to him, Shergill has an enemy, Irrfan Khan, who wants to avenge
his grandfather's death at the hands of Shergill's family. Shergill
then goes on to add another enemy to his list in Babbar whose
daughter, Soha Ali Khan, has caught his fancy. He knows Babbar
would not willingly give away his daughter to a handicapped man.
He plots to make Babbar agree but promises he will marry her only
when he is able to stand on his feet again. Meanwhile, Gill continues
her wayward life, always a drink in hand and in search of a man.
is now even more determined to take on Shergill because he and
Soha are very much in love. He, along with Babbar, starts plotting
against Shergill and adds others with an axe to grind. The first
one is the weakest link around Shergill, and that is Mahie. Irrfan
can meet for her demands: cash and sex. The background political
games are on and Shergill or no Shergill, the group has joined
the cause of dividing UP. When it comes to reality, it is Gill
who is the MLA and whose vote will count the next day. But Shergill
is not the one to take things lying down. He locks up the three
MLAs to stop them from voting.
such games are played by the four 'royals'. But it is finally
between Irrfan and Shergill. Irrfan's family does not even have
residual sign of royalty left as the older brother has taken to
teaching for survival while the younger has joined the police.
He is that much more bent on restoring his ancestral glory. However,
if he has turned Gill against Shergill, he has also unwittingly
lost his love, Soha, to Shergill.
Biwi Aur Gangster Returns goes along smoothly through its
lengthier first half but come second half, it loses pace. Too
much is happening but not all that is promised in the first half
is delivered. Except verbal one-upmanship, there are no bullets
flying. Irrfan has promised 'ghamasan' war but nothing of the
sort happens. He goes out meekly (maybe to be resurrected in Part
3?). The climax leaves one disappointed.
direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia is competent as expected. The best
part of the creative side is the film's dialogue. Music is okay
and the item number is funny. Photography is good. While all artistes
contribute ably, Irrfan is his usual best. Shergill exudes all
the pride and power of an ex-royal very much still in control.
Gill is okay. Soha is restrained. Raj Babbar does well. Deepraj
Rana is effective.
Biwi Aur Gangster Returns has not been able to draw the expected
opening response but should show some improvement over the weekend.
The exams period will also affect the collections.
Jahaan Se Mehnga: A satire that hits the right notes
Director: Anshul Sharma.
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Pragati Pandey, Vishwa Mohan Badola,
Ranjan Chhabra, Pramod Pathak, Zakir Hussain, Sitaram Panchal,
Jahan Se Mehnga is a satire, one of those films that aim to
make a point. It is also the kind of film that does not demand big
stars but needs more lifelike characters. This helps both, the subject
as well as the budget. Besides, like the producer's earlier film,
Phas Gaye Re Obama, its aim is to entertain.
film is about a family of four and how it copes with rising costs.
Sanjay Mishra works with the animal husbandry department in Haryana.
His wife, Pragati Pandey runs a beauty parlour from within the house.
His younger brother, Ranjan Chhabra is a good-for-nothing young
lad who took three attempts to get through 10th exams and has failed
thrice already in 12th. The patriarch of the house is a grumpy old
Vishwa Mohan Badola who is upset at having to make compromises in
his lifestyle. The village crowd gathers outside Sitaram Panchal's
cycle repair shop where, while working, he delivers speeches against
rising costs and promises people that once the government brings
back the black money from Swiss banks, every Indian will get four
Mishra learns that the local government is offering a lakh for every
10th-pass youth to start a business, that too with interest waiver
for the first three years. He can avail of this loan in the name
of his brother but is sceptical at first knowing his brother will
only sink the cash. Then an idea strikes him. He can avail of this
loan and with that money; stock up enough provisions to last the
family for the next three years! The monthly cost on this account
can be saved and will be enough to repay the loan at the end of
three years. This way, the family can enjoy an inflation free life
for the period.
the loan is availed and the provisions stocked up. But there is
one condition of the loan they missed: It is to set up business
and they have no such venture to show when the loan inspector, Zakir
Hussain, visits. The consequences, according to the inspector, could
be jail for Chhabra. As a solution, a part of the parlour is converted
into grocery shop. The customers come but are sent back. After all,
the shop is only a front. The neighbourhood grocer, Pramod Pathak,
thinks he has a competition and keeps Hussain in the loop about
the situation. Pathak is already unhappy with the family since Chhabra
is courting his daughter, Disha.
various ways to trick Hussain into believing they are running a
genuine shop with the loan amount, the bubble bursts.
film is a dig at the continuously rising costs and a family's struggles
to beat it. The script is a bit stagey. The direction is fair. Dialogue
is witty and effective. Music is average. Performances by Mishra,
Chhabra, Pandey, Pathak are good while Badola makes his mark. Disha
is okay. The film has familiar faces in supporting casts, those
seen on TV or in films in side roles.
Jahaan Se Mehnga is an okay film but it lacks the face value
and promotion to survive at the box office.