An auspicious day – Akshaya Tritiya. And while many are busy buying gold fo their families, Tigmanshu Dhulia is ready to kick start the sequel to his celebrated 2011 flick Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster. Produced by Brand Smith Motion Pictures, the film is titled Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.And we land up on the sets of the mahurat shot at the director’s office in Andheri West.
Jimmy Shergill, the angry young Saheb from the first part, returns on a wheelchair. And despite the noise on the sets prepares for his shot unaffected. If you thought being subjected to a wheelchair would have diminished Saheb’s fire, think again. Shergill exudes the same royal aura as he did in the first. The shot is okayed and sweets are distributed. Producer Rahul Mitra and director Dhulia get into a conversation. And suddenly we see the two new additions to the cast – Soha Ali Khan and Irrfan Khan enter the scene.
When asked about it, Dhulia explains why he thought of casting Soha and says, “She comes from a royal family. And she plays royalty in the film. You can never cultivate class. With Soha, it is inherent.” And Irrfan? “He keeps pushing me as a creative producer. I can write for him. I can’t write for other actors,” says the director.
While the director’s love for Irrfan is evident, the same is true for the actor. When asked about his rapport with Dhulia, Irrfan says, “For an actor, I need to trust the director. Or else my trip will get spoilt. I don’t want to be the one telling him how to steer. I just want to sit on his wagon and enjoy the script.”
Meanwhile, we spot Irrfan’s son playing in the background. “He is very shy. I try to take him wherever I can,” says the proud daddy and adds, “He likes to be behind the camera, I think.”The shoot starts again and we hang out on the sets. We learn that for the sequel, the crew will revisit the princely estate of Devgarh Baria, the same palace in Gujarat, where the original film was shot. “The royal family has been rather accommodating. They have been very cooperative,” says producer Mitra.
Since we couldn’t spot Mahie Gill, the original Biwi and Randeep Hooda, the gangster (who by the way gets shot by the end of the last film), we inquire about their whereabouts. “They will join when we leave for the outdoor location,” explains a crewmember.The shot over, the actors disintegrate. Soha, we see dashes out. “She needs to hurry for another shoot,” we are told. And we decide to hurry as well. Wishing them the very best for the film, we take our leave.Irfan Khan Jimmy Sheirgill Mahie Gill Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Soha Ali Khan Tigmanshu Dhulia