Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster

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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Produced by Rahul Mittra
Written by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Screenplay by Akhil Yadav
Story by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Starring Jimmy Shergill
Mahi Gill
Randeep Hooda
Music by Abhishek Ray
Ankit Tiwari
Jaidev Kumar
Cinematography Aseem Mishra
Edited by Rahul Srivastava
Release dates
  • 30 September 2011 (2011-09-30)
Country India
Language Hindi[1]
Budget INR40 million (US$660,000)[2]

Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster (English: The Master, The Wife and The Gangster) is a 2011 Bollywood romantic thriller drama film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and starring Jimmy Shergill, Mahi Gill, and Randeep Hooda in lead roles. The film released on 30 September 2011, and received an extremely positive response from critics, and was a moderate success at the box office. The film tells story about a royal family of U.P., but the film was shot at Devgadh Baria, a princely town situated in Gujarat. A sequel titled Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns was later made in 2013, which also received huge critical acclaim.[3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

Based in a small town in the Northern part of India, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is a story packed with intrigue betrayal and ambition between a beautiful Raani (Mahi Gill), her Raja husband (Jimmy Shergill) and an ambitious young man Babblo (Randeep Hooda).

The Raja and his Raani live in their ancestral royal house trying to maintain the status and structure their ancestors had left behind. But due to the changing times, some extreme financial conditions and the long gone habit of a royal having a mistress, the Raja tries hard to maintain his status and financial conditions. His rival political party, belonging to Gainda Singh (Vipin Sharma), is on a constant mission to eliminate the Raja and his allies, to get a hold of the administration, which has been with this royal family for decades. Eventually he is left with just one ally, Kanahiya (Deepraj Rana), who is Saheb's most trusted and dangerous servant. Due to the Raja's interest in his beautiful mistress, Raani yearns for his attention and tries to get him to return to her. The Raja 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 deepens when the same rival gang plants Babloo (Randeep Hooda) to get information and plot the Raja's killing, as the temporary driver for Raani. Raani, saddened by the lack of her husband's attention and slightly hysterical due to the same, gets into a sexual relationship with Babloo who seems to be giving more of his time to her. In this process, Babloo falls deeply in love with Raani and confesses his assignment in front of Raja. The Raani uses Babloo to get the mistress killed to gain her husband. Babloo manages to fulfill her demand but in turn gets ambitious, wanting the Raani and the power which Saheb now holds for himself.[5]

The climax is set at a point where Babloo has planned to execute Saheb, and succeeds in shooting him and Kanahiya. After intercourse with his mistress, she reminds him of her payment of Rs. 20000 and he reminds her of her stature and that he will return her money the next time he visits. Later, Raani has Babloo shot dead stating that "he can only be a partner in the bedroom, but not as a Saheb". Saheb slowly recovering, as he wins the election. In the end, Raani is shown appointing a new driver for herself, which hints at a sequel.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The budget of the movie was INR 4 crores.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Studio album by Amit Sial, Sunil Bhatia, Jaidev Kumar, Anuj Garg, Abhishek Ray, Ankit Tiwari, Mukhtar Sahota
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Bb Music Studio

Tracklist[edit]

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Chu Chu Chu"   Sunil Bhatia Parthiv Gohil 4:18
2. "Jugni"   Jaidev Kumar Babbu Maan 5:29
3. "Main Ek Bhanwara"   Amit Sial Shail Hada 4:33
4. "I Love To Love You"   Anuj Garg Rekha Bhardwaj 4:45
5. "Saheb Bada Hathila"   Ankit Tiwari Vipin Aneja, Ankit Tiwari 5:08
6. "Ankhian"   Mukhtar Sahota Arif Lohar 4:30
7. "Raat Mujhe"   Abhishek Ray Shreya Goshal 3:20
8. "Chu Chu Chu (Acoustic)"   Sunil Bhatia Debojit Saha 4:18

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster received critical acclaim from top critics. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama rated it 3.5/5 stars applauding its powerful plot, engaging script, commanding dialogue, and super performances.[6] Nikhat Kazmi from the Times of India gave the film 4/5 stars calling the film a "must watch".[7] Movie Talkies rated it 4/5 stars calling it Tigmanshu's "Twisty Tour De Force!".[8] Aniruddha Guha from DNA India gave the film 4/5 stars and said, "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster draws you in from the very start, keeps you hooked throughout, and ends on a high."[9] Guha also applauded the perfect mix of romance, action, and humour in the film. Ayaz Shaikh from Rediff Movies commended the film and said "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is a gripping tale of intricate politics, love and betrayal", and gave the film 3.5/5 stars.[10]

Box office[edit]

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster collected around 1-11.0 million nett on its first day of its release.[11] Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster remained on the lower side with around 3.50–37.5 million nett over its first weekend.[12] Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster remained steady but on the lower side on the weekdays as it grossed 52.9 million nett approx in its first week.[13] It is grossed net 200 million.

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Star Screen Awards
  • Nominated: Best Actor In A Negative Role (Male) —Jimmy Shergill
  • Nominated: Best Actress In A Negative Role (Female) —Mahi Gill
Filmfare Awards
Stardust Awards (Stardust Searchlight Awards)
  • Won: Best Director—Tigmanshu Dhulia
  • Nominated: Best Film—Rahul Mittra
  • Nominated: Best Actor—Jimmy Shergill
  • Nominated: Best Actress—Mahi Gill
Zee Cine Awards
IIFA Awards
Apsara Awards

Sequel[edit]

Following the huge critical success of the film, a sequel was announced. Principal shooting started in April 2012 and was completed in October 2012. The sequel, titled Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, was released on 8 March 2013. It starred Jimmy Shergill and Mahi Gill, who reprised their roles from the previous film, as well as new additions Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan. Raj Babbar and Mugdha Godse also appeared in the film.[14][15]

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