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Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns more opulent, intriguing: director

Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns more opulent, intriguing: director

The cast of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Mahuie Gill, Irrfan Khan, Jimmy Shergill and Soha Ali Khan pose for a snap

Highlights

  • Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia says his new film Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns is more "opulent and intriguing" as compared to the first part which did not satisfy him creatively.
  • The new film, a sequel to the 2011 romantic thriller Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, has added Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan to the existing cast of Mahi Gill and Jimmy Shergill.
  • "As a writer and director of the franchise, I was not creatively satisfied with the first part. We wanted to exploit it after the first one became a hit.
  • "It was made on a shoestring budget and could not bring out the royalty in an opulent way. There was so much masala still left in the film that we thought we should carry the story forward," Dhulia told PTI in an interview.
  • The sequel will hit theatres on March 8. The 45-year-old director, who started his filmmaking journey with Haasil in 2002, had made quite an impact with his small budgeted yet powerful films like Saheb Biwi aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar.
  • Dhulia's films have a recurring theme of a rebel as a hero and the director admits that he has a fascination towards such subjects.
  • "I have a fascination towards those in the society who have gone against it to prove that their motive were not wrong. But I am sad that there are no more such heroes left in the society. Even youngsters are not enterprising and it's not a good sign for a country," says Dhulia, who worked as a casting director on Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen before making it big as a director.
  • Dhulia is currently working on his upcoming project Bullet Raja, a thriller with Saif Ali Khan in the lead. The director made his foray into filmmaking at a time when the industry was undergoing a transition from formula to realistic cinema. His Irrfan-Jimmy starrer Haasil, a love story set in the backdrop of student politics, was successful. "When I started my career in the film industry in 2002 it was a transition phase of Indian cinema. Kaho Na Pyaar Hai was a big hit and Hrithik Roshan was the new superstar of the Bollyood.
  • "But that was also the time when the typical formula film was on the verge of collapse because society was changing. I made a small film Haasil and the film was appreciated by the audience and I got the courage as a creative person," he says. Born and raised in Allahabad, Dhulia credits his success to portrayal of real life on the screen.
  • "I am from Allahabad and have seen life closely. I have not lived life in a superficial way. I have so many first hand experiences in life and I try to present them through my films. People love them because many have gone through such situations and they connect to it," says Dhulia.
  • He says he does not make films just to entertain his audience and has no qualms if they do not earn 100 crore. "Filmmaking is a unique and tricky art form. It's not like writing a poetry or making a painting in a closed roon. It's a balance between your thoughts and producer's money and maintaining the balance is a challenge for a filmmaker. I feel cinema should give an intellectual high to the people apart from entertaining them."
New Delhi: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia sayshis new film Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns is more"opulent and intriguing" as compared to the first part whichdid not satisfy him creatively.

The new film, a sequel to the 2011 romantic thrillerSaheb Biwi Aur Gangster, has added Irrfan Khan and Soha AliKhan to the existing cast of Mahi Gill and Jimmy Shergill.

"As a writer and director of the franchise, I was notcreatively satisfied with the first part. We wanted to exploitit after the first one became a hit.

"It was made on a shoestring budget and could not bringout the royalty in an opulent way. There was so much masalastill left in the film that we thought we should carry thestory forward," Dhulia told PTI in an interview.

The sequel will hit theatres on March 8.The 45-year-old director, who started his filmmakingjourney with Haasil in 2002, had made quite an impact withhis small budgeted yet powerful films like Saheb Biwi aurGangster and Paan Singh Tomar.

Dhulia's films have a recurring theme of a rebel as ahero and the director admits that he has a fascination towardssuch subjects.

"I have a fascination towards those in the society whohave gone against it to prove that their motive were notwrong. But I am sad that there are no more such heroes left inthe society. Even youngsters are not enterprising and it's nota good sign for a country," says Dhulia, who worked as acasting director on Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen beforemaking it big as a director.

Dhulia is currently working on his upcoming projectBullet Raja, a thriller with Saif Ali Khan in the lead.The director made his foray into filmmaking at a timewhen the industry was undergoing a transition from formula torealistic cinema. His Irrfan-Jimmy starrer Haasil, a lovestory set in the backdrop of student politics, was successful."When I started my career in the film industry in 2002 itwas a transition phase of Indian cinema. Kaho Na Pyaar Haiwas a big hit and Hrithik Roshan was the new superstar of theBollyood.

"But that was also the time when the typical formula filmwas on the verge of collapse because society was changing. Imade a small film Haasil and the film was appreciated by theaudience and I got the courage as a creative person," he says.Born and raised in Allahabad, Dhulia credits his successto portrayal of real life on the screen.

"I am from Allahabad and have seen life closely. I havenot lived life in a superficial way. I have so many first handexperiences in life and I try to present them through myfilms. People love them because many have gone through suchsituations and they connect to it," says Dhulia.

He says he does not make films just to entertain hisaudience and has no qualms if they do not earn 100 crore."Filmmaking is a unique and tricky art form. It's notlike writing a poetry or making a painting in a closed roon.It's a balance between your thoughts and producer's money andmaintaining the balance is a challenge for a filmmaker. I feelcinema should give an intellectual high to the people apartfrom entertaining them."