Banner: JAR Pictures
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Principal Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Shergill, Mahi Gill, Chitrangada Singh, Soha Ali Khan
Music: Rana Mazumder, Aanjan Bhattacharya, Siddharth Pandit
Duration: 140 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 is the continuation of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013), the second installment of the franchise. Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill) is locked behind the bars. His wife Madhavi Devi (Mahie Gill), who is an influential MLA, is using her whole bag of tricks to keep him jailed for as long as possible so that she could relish in the power of politics some more. However, her dream shatters when Aditya’s old ally Kanhaiya (Deepraj Rana) gets him out of jail.
In another corner of the world, Kunwar Uday Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt), who belongs to the royal family of Bundi Garh, is living his life luxuriously, oblivious of the fact that how fast things are going to change. He is deported to India after being found guilty of hitting a powerful man in London. He sells his slimy business there, divorces his wife he never shared any bond with and happily flies back to his roots. Here, he discovers how his family still hates him for having an affair with a local nautch girl Suhani (Chitrangada Singh). But that is nothing in front of the monsters he has to fight.
Before being deported, he had met Madhavi in London. They meet again in India. When Madhavi realizes that power is slipping from her hands after Aditya’s return, she has vicious plans up her sleeve to tackle the situation and who else can come handy than Uday, an ex-gangster? However, we won’t reveal her plan in this Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Review, yet.
After Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (2011) and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns (2013), was there any need for the third installment that Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 is? Hell no! Just give me two minutes and I’ll explain you why.
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 is an unintentionally funny film which wobbles from the word go. It suffers from a cliche-ridden plot, insipid characterization, and sloppy execution. Director Tigmanshu Dhulia fails to create the same magic which its predecessors created simply because he takes up a half-baked story which goes nowhere.
His direction is hopeless too as, barring a few scenes, you don’t see his touch anywhere in the flick. Except some beautifully shot scenes across some real ancestral palaces, nothing in this film is remotely realist. It lacks every spice that its predecessors had in plenty and seems made solely for the purpose of cashing in on the popularity of the franchise.
Coming to performances, Sanjay Dutt tries his best to ooze out menace through his wide eyes, forehead-wrinkling and gait, but his efforts yield no results. They look more comical than sinister. The actor looks fatigued and weary in most of the scenes. You can’t even find one noticeable scene by him throughout the movie.
Mahie Gill tries her best to pull off her character sincerely, but somehow her performance does not come anywhere close to what she had done in the first and second part of the series. Her character lacks depth. Jimmy Shergill is perhaps the only actor from the old cast who does not disappoint. He plays his character to the tee and maintains his character arc from the very first scene to the last one.
Soha Ali Khan is a total waste and so is Chitrangada Singh. Why they even agreed to do the film is something only they know. Other actors in supporting cast are nothing but strictly average.
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 is a poorly promoted film despite being headlined by popular actors and the previous two installments garnering positive responses from the audience and critics alike. The makers have not spent a single penny on promotions and that is going to cost them dearly, because a majority of the movie-going audience has no idea about the film’s existence and, most importantly, its release date. Buzz in the trade is absolutely zilch as if everyone knows the fate of the film. Let’s not talk about music as it’s pathetic and a pain to ears.
Some people may want to watch Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 simply because they loved Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns. But does that make for a good reason to watch a shoddily executed, poorly acted film? Perhaps no! But the choice is all yours! I would suggest that instead of spending your money on the new installment of the popular series, order some delicious pizzas and binge-watch Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns at home and marvel at how amazing the earlier parts were. Trust me, you won’t rue the decision.
Before you pick up your smartphone to book the tickets, watch Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 trailer here: