"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 doesnÂ´t do well in college academically, yet he excels in soccer (football). BadriprasadÂ´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 doesnÂ´t have enough money to get his daughter married; even though the groomÂ´s family is not asking for dowry. Badriprasad is frustrated because he has three other sons who are working, and they canÂ´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 fatherÂ´s wish and decides to gather money for his sisterÂ´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 heÂ´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 sisterÂ´s marriage.
Anil Kapoor churns in a very restrained yet brilliant performance. He is successful in portraying the image of a youth whoÂ´ll do anything for his loved ones. Other notable performances in the film are by Raakhee (she plays SaahebÂ´s bhabhi) and Amrita Singh (she is SaahebÂ´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 arenÂ´t. However, the second half is a tearjerker. The emotions are brilliantly portrayed. Saaheb is definitely worth watching for its message: "Unity needs sacrifice."