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Saaheb
 
Producer: Mrs. R. A. Ganguly & Mrs. R. K. Gandhi
Director: Anil Ganguly
Starring: Rakhee Gulzar, Anil Kapoor, Utpal Dutt, Amrita Singh, Deven Varma, and Biswajeet
Music: Bappi Lahiri
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Genre: Family
Recommended Audience: General
Reviewed by: Aniket Joshi  - Rating: 9.0 / 10
 
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"Saaheb" is the story of a youth named Sunil (though everyone refers to him as "Saaheb"). Saaheb (Anil Kapoor) is the youngest son of Badriprasad (Utpal Dutt).

Saaheb doesn´t do well in college academically, yet he excels in soccer (football). Badriprasad´s only remaining wish is that Saaheb graduates and gets a job, and his daughter gets married into a good household. Problems arise for Badriprasad when he realizes that he doesn´t have enough money to get his daughter married; even though the groom´s family is not asking for dowry. Badriprasad is frustrated because he has three other sons who are working, and they can´t even help him financially. He believes that his dream of seeing his daughter getting married before he passes away will be unfulfilled.

Saaheb recognizes his father´s wish and decides to gather money for his sister´s marriage in any way. Saaheb comes across an ad in the newspaper. The ad states that a man is looking for a kidney donor for his son, and he´ll pay any amount to the donor who donates a kidney to his ailing son. Saaheb decides to donate one of his kidneys in return for money to arrange his sister´s marriage.

Anil Kapoor churns in a very restrained yet brilliant performance. He is successful in portraying the image of a youth who´ll do anything for his loved ones. Other notable performances in the film are by Raakhee (she plays Saaheb´s bhabhi) and Amrita Singh (she is Saaheb´s love interest). Utpal Dutt also gives a good performance.

Direction by Anil Ganguly is good, but in the first half he seems to be out of focus. The first half is full of "chhed-chhaads" between Anil and Amrita, some of which are enjoyable, some aren´t. However, the second half is a tearjerker. The emotions are brilliantly portrayed. Saaheb is definitely worth watching for its message: "Unity needs sacrifice."

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