Amid the noise of cinematic lockdown and the growing popularity of OTT platforms in the Corona situation, the Shoojit Sircar directed ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ was released on Amazon Prime with subtitles in 15 languages in 200 countries.
‘Gulabo Sitabo’ will be remembered in Indian cinema for being the first film to hit theaters directly on the OTT. However, despite Amitabh Bachchan’s excellent performance, he will not be included in the list of his memorable films.
Gulabo Sitabo Film Story
The Gulabo Sitabo film’s story revolves around Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan), a 78-year-old greedy, quarrelsome, stingy and irritable person, whose life lives in that mansion. However, the mansion is the ancestral property of Mirza’s wife Fatima. That is why its name is Fatima Mahal. Mirza is not only greedy either. Steals the old things of the mansion for money. He is waiting for Fatima to die 17 years older than herself so that she can find the mansion.
The years-old shabby haveli houses many tenants, one of whom is Banke Rastogi (Ayushmann Khurrana). Banke lives in the mansion with his mother and three sisters. Has read till the sixth and runs the flour mill shop. Banke falls in love with a girl, pushing for marriage. Mirza does not like Banke at all. He finds new ways to harass her and wants to evict the mansion.
Gulabo Sitabo Film Trailer
Gulabo Sitabo Film Cast
- Amitabh Bachchan as Mirza Sheikh
- Ayushmann Khurrana as Baankey Rastogi
- Vijay Raaz as Goverment officer, Gyanesh Shukla
- Brijendra Kala as Lawyer, Christopher Clark
- Farrukh Jafar as Begum
- Srishti Shrivastava as Guddo
- Nalneesh Neel as Sheikhu
- Tina Bhatia as Dulahin
- Mohammad Naushad as Puppeteer
- Archana Shukla as Susheela
- Annanya Dwivedi as Neetu
- Ujali Raj as Payal
- Sunil Kumar Verma as Mishra ji
- Azad Mishra as Sayyad
- Uday Veer Singh Yadav as Munna Saxena
- Poornima Sharma as Fauzia
- Shi Prakash Bajpai as Pandey ji
- Poonam Mishra as Mishrain
- Jogi Mallang as Munmun ji
- Trilochan Kalra as Sinha
- Behram Rana as Abdul Rehman
- Zia Ahmed Khan as Doctor
Gulabo Sitabo Film Cast Performance
Amitabh Bachchan has been lengthened with prosthetic make-up to make Mirza. Loose kurta and pajamas have been worn. The head has been given a round cap and the eyes have thick lens glasses. For the role of 78-year-old Mirza, Amitabh walks down his waist.
At the same time, Ayushman Khurana has worn dirty clothes to play the role of a beau of a lower-middle-class family. He has taken a little belly. Ayushmann has also changed his accent. Amitabh and Ayushmann’s dapper-like performances have saved many scenes from piling up. Srishti Shrivastava, Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala seem to fit their respective characters.
Gulabo Sitabo Film Review
The final scene of the climax of ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ actually gets itself reviewed by the film. In the last scene, it is shown that the antique chair that Mirza sells from Haveli for Rs. 250, is put in the showroom to be sold on the same chair with a tag of Rs.1,35,000.
The message is clear, if you do not value things, then things also do not appreciate you. After the film is over, it comes to mind that Amitabh is the same ‘antique chair’ and Shoojit Sarkar ‘Mirza’.
Our Rating: 3/5
Gulabo Sitabo Film Crew
Directed by: Shoojit Sircar
Produced by: Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar
Written by: Juhi Chaturvedi Lyrics = Puneet Sharma
Music by: Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhyay
Edited by: Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Production company: Rising Sun Films Kino Works
Distributed by: Amazon Prime Video
Release date: 12 June 2020