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Movie Review – Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster

“At least don’t refer to the guy you’re asking me to bump off as your friend,” Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Shergill) tells the shameless man who has come to him with a job offer. Aditya Pratap Singh is of royal blood and very classy, but alas – rutba is all he has, and rupya is what he needs. Having taken several blows to his pride, the sahib now gets people murdered to make money.

After showing a spark in Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal and flesh in RGV’s Not A Love Story, Mahie Gill does both in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster. Frustrated because her husband doesn’t give her sex, and angry that he visits his mistress 3-4 nights a week, Mahie Gill plays the biwi to the hilt – by her husband’s side when times are bad, and fucking her new chauffeur, who is slowly getting used to her fits of violent rage. “Vegetarian or non-vegetarian?” she enquires of Babloo, and laughs when he tells her he’s a mauka-tarian.

The chauffeur is Randeep Hooda – Babloo at home, Lalit to the world. Randeep Hooda finally gets a role to show his acting skills and he makes the most of it. A mauka-tarian (an opportunist) he is, alright. Babloo is in a spot of trouble and has been sent to work for the sahib, planted there cunningly by the sahib’s foe, but what he works is the biwi, when she isn’t driving like a maniac or drinking her loneliness away. “Are you loyal to him?” he asks, sprawled over a naked Mahie Gill, when she says the sahib keeps only the loyal with him.

Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster is a crackling tale with outstanding performances by all. It isn’t only the Shergill-Hooda-Gill triangle that is making things happen; the supporting cast is what you take notice of, because they (and Jimmy Shergill) are the ones who make the movie believable, and they all make the story flow.

The dialogues are absolutely smashing; what a change it is to listen to conversations between smart people… the lines are crisp throughout, caustic when they have to be, and wit is something even the sahib’s rivals have.

It is the modern treatment and the competent performances that make this movie click, the highlight being Jimmy Shergill having his breakfast at noon, explaining to a visitor that it must be morning in England, his back to a wall helpless against time and neglect tearing its paint off.

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster is one of the best Hindi films you’ll get to watch this year.

RATING: 3.5/5



Movie Review – Force (2011)

Genelia D’Souza is the prettiest girl in the Hindi film industry but she has wrecked John Abraham’s chances of giving his career a boost. Genelia is so cute and delicate and girly that she wins big points with me instantly, but she’s in every other scene in Force, looking pretty and making John Abraham fall in love with her. Nobody in the audience will fall for it, though.

You go to watch an action movie feeling good that it doesn’t have that idiot Salman Khan or that bore Ajay Devgan, you think it’ll be a fun movie because it won’t have movie stars mouthing stupid lines for people who have come determined to clap and whistle till the movie’s over, you think you’ll actually be able to take the movie seriously because the story won’t be an attempt to make the superstar larger than cinema. Force is the movie you came to watch, but unfortunately, Force has no depth or substance. Force has John Abraham being stoic, Genelia D’Souza being childlike, a bunch of familiar faces hamming away, new villain Vidyut Jammwal making a mess of the shot he got, and badly shot action scenes.

The story? A police informer gives away the whereabouts of everyone who deals in drugs, causing the narcotics department (John Abraham and a few others) to wipe their businesses out. Turns out the informer had been asked to do that by Vishnu (Vidyut Jammwal), who wanted the narco team to eliminate his rivals so that his gang could become the only one around.

Vishnu jumps and runs like a strong animal, and this we see after his brother has been shot dead by the undercover cops during a drug bust. Vishnu wants revenge, and he wants the narcotics team and their loved ones dead. Vishnu’s one-dimensional performance would have been interesting had he not been stiff. Vishnu walks in and out of scenes with the same look and the same mood, occasionally putting up a fight with ACP Yashvardhan (John Abraham), who has fallen for Genelia’s beauty and has even danced in the desert with her. In a suit. And in strange clothing. Next to a piano. In the fucking desert.

Not that much is required from John Abraham. He’s in an action movie; all he needs to do is be dour and flex his muscles, because the chick will handle his dick. But John looks like he’s in great pain when he smiles. It’s a struggle for him. I really feel for the guy; he’s got this pumped up body and deserves a break. Force, which is a remake of a hit movie from the south, would’ve done it for him if director Nishikant Kamat had not had a female voice humming every time John looks at Genelia, and if there hadn’t been a song for every occasion, every 15 minutes. And the dialogues… Lord Satan, if you heard the banter exchange between John and Genelia you’d wish they’d just shut up and have sex. But I don’t think they get to fuck; Genelia falls in slow motion while dying and that stupid humming comes back on.

Something’s very wrong when an action movie doesn’t have you rooting for the hero or the villain, and something’s very wrong when an action movie doesn’t make us guys want to work out or learn a martial art.

With Genelia playing cushion, and all its other flaws, Force is impossible to get into.


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