‘Saheb Biwi aur Gangster’ is set in a part of rural Uttar Pradesh, which hangs onto its colonial roots and hence erstwhile title of 'Saheb' has been maintained albeit with waning respect of people.
The male protagonist is less of a Raja and more of a local don, and constantly short of money to maintain his lavish haveli and royal tastes. The local politics and his royal step mother are his only source of income. His wife(Biwi) is confined to her house and has to encumber the overbearing responsibility of the title despite a philandering husband and boring life.
The film is about the Sahib’s scheming enemy planting a mole(Gangster) in his house and the resulting melee which has to do with the gangsters ever increasing ambitions, the Biwi's search for justice and carnal pleasures and Saheb's desire to eke out his lavish lifestyle. The film meanders along unpredictability through fine writing, slick editing and wry humour. It keeps the viewer interested and engages myriad emotions.
Alas, the noir theme and serious tone with only smattering of situational humour will kill this film in the relatively juvenile Bollywood audience. It's a must watch for any cinema lover but for those looking for cheap thrills and laughs, it might disappoint.