Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
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A politician learning to video chat, a man trying to draw blood with a rusty knife and a newbie MLA who doesn’t know what a police FIR is - moments that make Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” a film that successfully marries the quirky with the violent.
Dhulia’s sequel to his 2011 film takes off smoothly from where the original left off. Jimmy Shergill plays Aditya Pratap Singh, a crippled erstwhile royal trying to hold on to his power while Mahie Gill plays his alcoholic, erratic wife Madhavi. Both hate each other but stay married anyway for practical reasons.
Aditya falls for the beautiful daughter of a neighbouring king and blackmails her father into agreeing to their match. What he doesn’t know is that Ranjana (Soha Ali Khan) is already in love with Inderjit (Irrfan Khan) who has a grudge against Aditya.