The third instalment of the much-acclaimed Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster released today and it once again showcases the talent and versatility of its lead actress Mahie Gill. Mahie had made a splash when she debuted with Dev.D almost 10 years ago but it was only in the Saheb, Biwi… series that her talent has been fully tapped.
Now, as the third part releases, she is quite excited to revisit the character of the debauched Rani Madhavi Devi who is in unhappy marriage to a Raja, Aditya Pratap Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill) as her character is a lot more ‘wicked’ in the third part. “The first part was a thriller, the second was more about political games and this is three times bigger – the lust, thrills, greed and wickedness, there is a whole lot of masala,” says the actress who recently was in a controversy when she was quoted as saying that her stint in a movie like Dabangg hadn’t helped her career.
What has helped, however, is the faith that director Tigmanshu Dhulia has placed in her character which has resulted in Madhavi Devi getting more layers as the years go by. Ask her how her character has evolved and pat comes the reply. “I wish she was more sober! But in the first part she was the distressed wife, in the second, she expresses a desire to learn politics and in the third, she has become fully political and scheming.”
Going back to the same sets and team has given Mahie a comfort factor that she says made it easier to slip into her role. “Biwi mere andar ghus gayi hai! It’s easy for me as it’s the same team, the dialogues are beautifully written and director Tigmanshu lays it out for you so well.”
She also denies the fact that in many ways, the film stereotypes royals. After all, the debauched and politically inclined royal is a trope that has been seen before on screen. “I think this is quite different and the story moves forward from where it left off. Besides, everyone is curious as to what’s happening beyond the four walls of a palace. My character has also grown, she has become more wicked.”