Saheb Biwi and Gangster 1 worked because of its convoluted characters and plot, full of deceit and ambition. Hooda, Shergill and Mahie Gill excelled in their characters and the plot had enough twists to keep you interested. The problem with the second edition is that even though it has a potent plot line, the choppy editing, weird screenplay and hammy acting really kills everything. The twists seem forced and you keep shifting in the seat trying to figure out where the story is going. And really, this is not expected from a storyteller of Dhulia’s calibre.
So the decrepit Shergill, still wields a lot of power in his constituency. Other “So-Called” Kings are powerless in front of even a wheelchair bound Saheb. Mahie Gill urf the drunken Biwi has been made the puppet MLA while Saheb keeps pulling all the strings. Things start going awry when Saheb wants to bring home another Biwi - “Soha Ali Khan”, who is Irrfan Khan’s girlfriend. Fortuitously, Saheb is an old enemy of Irrfan urf gangster, so Irrfan n Soha plot to render Saheb powerless by using the first Biwi. Unfortunately, Biwi is a drunken hurricane that engulfs the Gangster himself and renders him powerless. The plot keeps twisting and turning and you don’t really know what is going to happen next.
Firstly, about the performances – Shergill and Irrfan give powerpacked performances, while Mahie Gill hams the hell out of each dialogue... Her irritating delivery is least of your concerns as Dhulia also fills the film with weird humour and an item number that’s beyond ridiculous. The story keeps jumping months, and is shown is weird choppy montage scenes. Shergill seems to wield almost ridiculous amounts of power and the other Rajas like Raj Babbar don’t seem to have a clue what to do! The biggest problem lies in the fact that the director introduces Irrfan as a CANNON ur TOPE and he turns out to be a LOOSE one.. ur PHUSKAA! The story completely loses direction, logic and pace in the 2nd half. Dhulia in his indulgent extremes simply wastes screen time. The climax is so lame, that the whole experience turns out to be a total turnoff.
So, if you have liked Tigmanshu’s film, I would suggest you miss this film. It’s a rare dud from the talented director/actor. Infact it seems more like an “Abbas-Mastan” film with a little more tehzeeb and no foreign locations. If anything, you can go to watch a few fine actors in good form ( Soha Ali Khan ... NOT !!!). And if you do try to watch it, get ready for over-indulgence, hamming, boozing, powerplays on the bed and yeah, try to stay interested.. kyonki Confusion hogi... Ghamasaan Hogi!
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