Movie Name: Gulabo Sitabo
Gulabo Sitabo Director: Shoojit Sircar
Movie Gulabo Sitabo Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vijay Raaz
Gulabo Sitabo Stars: 2.5/5
One of the most important complaints a movie reviewer has today is that films which were alleged to experience on the silver screen had to compromise with a digital release. Notwithstanding that it offers a broader audience reach for the filmmakers, but storytelling is best experienced during a theatre.
Gulabo Sitabo is one such film which released on an OTT platform today. The film revolves around Mirza Sheikh (Amitabh Bachchan) and Baankey Sodhi (Ayushmann Khurrana) who occupy an almost century-old Haveli in Lucknow referred to as Fatima Mahal.
Baankey is among several other tenants who pay meagre rent and don’t want to vacate the homes despite faulting on the payments often.
Mirza, on the opposite hand, isn’t the legal owner of the property! His spouse, who is referred through the movie as Begum (Farrukh Jaffar), inherited the property from her forefathers.
Mirza, who is 17 years younger to her, is expecting her demise and therefore the consequent delivery of property rights to him.
Mirza wants to throw all the tenants out. Albeit he doesn’t have any understanding of what the present market rent is or what’s the value of an antique chandelier. He hasn’t paid enough time to work out what he will do with the property once the tenants are out.
Gulabo Sitabo Movie Review
On the opposite hand, Baankey lives with a way of know-it-all. He, however, isn’t even street-smart like his sibling and continues to toil hard within the mill and still failing to supply better living conditions for his family.
It’s the primary time when the audience will see Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana share screen space. Amitabh Bachchan’s prosthetics grabbed headlines when the trailer was out. Perhaps, the second time in his career after the film Paa.
With an extended beard, old fashioned spectacles, a headband and a prosthetic-pronounced nose, Big B looks absolutely unrecognizable, and his signature baritone too has been replaced with a Lucknowi twang thereto .
However, once you start watching the film, his make-up and appearance doesn’t distract the viewer, and he keeps the audience engaged together with his performance. Ayushmann Khurrana as always gets into the skin of the character and is now adept at playing the real-life characters.
Yet, it’s interesting to ascertain the battle of performance between the 2 leads. Vijay Raaz as an archaeology officer (Gyanesh Shukla) and Brijendra Shukla (Mirza’s lawyer) adds fun moments to the present dark satire.
Shoojit Sircar may be a raconteur and shares the elixir of his story through engaging characters. during this case, its greed. His characters are often etched from reality and can’t always be labelled black or white.
Gulabo Sitabo Review: Gulabo Sitabo drags in parts and is merely salvaged by the merit of the director to stay it under two hours.
It’s the grey that creates his characters believable. The greed of each nature in Gulabo Sitabo develops from rhytides to wrinkles – more prominent because the story develops.
However, in Gulabo Sitabo, you are feeling that the cacophony of characters sometimes becomes an impediment within the story. There are characters and scenes one could have avoided and still told the story. Dialogues are real, grounded, and maintain the local flavour of the script.
Now if you wonder what’s connect with the title? Shoojit uses the folks kind of puppetry to share the story of two female puppets who are during a constant state of dramatic fights. The protagonists, Mirza and Baankey, are almost like Gulabo and Sitabo – who are focused on their greed, materialism and consumed by their endeavour to win the argument. But at what cost?
Gulabo Sitabo takes us back to our college days when greed was amongst the most-cited vices. Despite being a dramedy, it isn’t preachy. The pace of the film might remind you of Shoojit’s October, which had a romantic story at its heart but demanded the audience to twiddling my thumbs .
Gulabo Sitabo drags in parts and is merely salvaged by the merit of the director to stay it under two hours. For those that can await the story to require its time and develop, it works. For others, it doesn’t. Perhaps, Shoojit is aware and testing these crevices, but only the success of the film will tell what proportion he was ready to convince the audience.