Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Soha Ali Khan & Chitrangda Singh
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
What’s it about:
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster is the third instalment of the hit franchise taking the story forward of the beleaguered couple with more mistrust, deceit and power struggle.
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 turns a new leaf in the lives of the complex characters of Rajas and Ranis of India’s once princely state of Rajasthan. There is no dearth of characters in this royal drama that has more twists and turns than you can imagine.
Everyone is up to something, mostly evil and conniving. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia (also film’s co-writer), constructs a web of relentless strategies by numerous characters, but not all of them justify their place in this royal mess.
For starters, Chitrangada Singh’s addition to the team makes little headway into taking the story forward, while Soha Ali Khan’s role as Saheb’s other wife is a miss-if-you-blink.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt decently pulls off yet another character that seems to have been written only for him, but the ones who really make their scenes count are Jimmy and Mahie as the royal couple doomed for disasters. Mahie is such a natural for the role, she performs exceedingly well without missing a beat.
Film’s unpredictable plot keeps the characters and the audience equally busy barring the avoidable songs that slow down a decent pace. Tigmanshu and his co-writer Sanjay Chouhan also seem to have done well adapting to the contemporary lifestyle of the fading royals whose lives the film so deftly depicts.
The film starts on a high note keeps soaring, and leads into a slightly underwhelming climax. However, that too is quite unpredictable and on that count it scores again.
SBG3 deserves a rating of 3.5 stars.