The aftershocks of the fiasco that is Sahib Bibi Aur Gangster 3 can be felt all the way to the film’s collapse a week after its release. And while most critics have commented on the film’s uneven erratic editing, it has now come to light that the film was cut in a particular way to please one of the film’s two leading ladies.\
A source very close to the film spills the beans. “We don’t know what the actual chakkar is. But the director seemed absolutely taken up with Mahie Gill’s character in the film. It wouldn’t be wrong to say he focused on her at the cost of all others, specially Chitrangada who was the other leading lady opposite Sanjay Dutt.”
Apparently Chitrangada’s role was slashed on the editing table. “She was not shown the film until the last minute. When she finally saw it with the cast and crew, she was in tears. She couldn’t believe what was done to her role. Her introductory sequence was knocked off. Her death scene in the climax was cut. Her Mujra was reduced to half its original length. Chitrangada shot for nearly 30 days for Sahib Bibi Gangster .When she saw what remained of her role she broke down and wept ,” says the source.
One can understand Chitrangada’s angst. For nearly three years she has been out of circulation. Her attempts at a comeback in Kushan Nandy’s Babumoshai Bandookbaaz had ended in a fiasco. She was now looking forward to making a powerful impact in Saheb Bibi Aur Gangster 3 opposite Sanjay Dutt.
Sadly her role was slashed and in the process, Sanjay Dutt’s role also got slashed. The result was for all to see.