Whether or not you’ve seen the previous two films of this franchise, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 could be your perfect pick for a sober weekend.
Tigmanshu Dhulia’s moderately attention-grabbing film will very cunningly swing your curiosity to highs and lows with its witty mix of above-average acting, shady superficial dialogues but most importantly, a highly intricate and (kind of) well thought out plot that leaves you hanging somewhere between floored & frustrated!
But if you’ve seen the previous two films of this franchise, you surely know what I’m talking about. Set in the times of the Rajas and Maharajas, SBG3 revolves around the themes of power, greed, betrayal, and of course, love. Not all’s the same though. We witness our main man Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill) locked away in jail and his bold and beautiful wife, Madhavi Devi (Mahi Gill) in utmost power. And if that’s not convincing enough, well then say hello to our newest gangster, Uday Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt)!
A strong story with poor execution, one of the most common problems seen with today’s Indian cinema, forms the base of this ostentatious semi-mess. Based on the film’s decently enjoyable first half, the post-intermission unravelling fails to live up to your already-elevated expectations. And top that with some extremely cringe-worthy dialogues, which were said so confidently that they almost seemed real. Still, the film keeps you wanting for more. But is it cause of the saheb’s unpredictable character, the biwi’s effortless acting, the loyalty to the franchise, or the sheer desperation to know how the story ends? It’s hard to say.
“Ek nayi shuruaat ke liye”
“Ek nayi sharaarat ke liye”
The series veterans, Mahi Gill and Jimmy Shergill, give a ‘bulund’ performance throughout and remain committed to their ‘can’t do with can’t do without’ saheb-biwi characters. Sanjay Dutt makes for a very lovable gangster, but I guess that had more to do with his laidback and tired rendering. And lastly, what a wasteful use of a hottie like Chitrangda Singh!
Given the film’s strong and weak points, SBG3 tastefully meets its purpose of entertaining the crowd a third time round and poses to be the perfect pick for a sober weekend! But will this third addition to the royal Gill-Shergill series be the last?
Oooooh I hope not…
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