The Coronavirus-inspired lockdown has closed theaters. For the past three months, not a single star-studded film has been released. But finally, GULABO SITABO is all set to come on a digital platform from today and this flick has been seen as a pair of Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan. Also, it is played by Shoojit Sarkar, who has given memorable films like Vicky Donor.  And PIKU  With both actors respectively. So does GALABO SITABO manage to be memorable like those movies? Or does it fail to entice? Let us analyze.
Gulabo SITABO is the story of a rivalry between a tenant and a landlord. Mirza Chunnan Nawab (Amitabh Bachchan), 78, is married to Fatima Begum (Farukh Jaffer), who is almost 17 years older than her. Begum has a more than a century-old palatial mansion called Fatima Mahal in Lucknow, where she lives. But since she is quite old and also a little confused, Mirza takes care of her The mansion. A portion of the Fatima Mahal is given to the tenants, one of whom is Banki Rastogi (Ayushman Khurrani). Has lived in Bunke’s family The mansion As tenants since age and Mirza now wants to oust Banke and his family as they only pay Rs. 30 as monthly rent. Mirza’s demand for fare increase is always met with stiff resistance from the Banky, which affects the former. In the absence of finance, Mirza is also unable to renew The mansion And it is completely in a chronic state. The condition is so bad that a single kick of Bunke breaks the toilet wall. Mirza demands that the banky pay for the damage while the banki makes it clear that the maintenance is the responsibility of the landowner. The case reaches the police who ask them to take the dispute to civil court. At the police station, Archaeological Department’s Gyanesh Shukla (Vijay Raj) created a ruckus. He follows them and realizes that Fatima Mahal is a heritage property. He starts secretly clicking pictures, but Bauke catches him red handed. Dnyanesh however tells him and the other tenants that the mansion is of heritage value and can ever collapse. He recommends that they allow Fatima Mahal to hand over their department, which will then renovate it and turn it into a museum. In return, he would give them a decent sized flat with all the amenities. Mirza, on the other hand, meets Christopher Clarke (Brijendra Kala), a lawyer, who suggests that the former must sell the mansion to solve the tenants’ problems once and for all. In the bargain, he will also receive a handsome amount. However, it is the Begum who owns the property and more, her siblings may also own it. As a result, Mirza sets off to find out that all are alive on Begum’s behalf and if they sell the mansion they can give her a no-objection certificate. What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Juhi Chaturvedi is promising and novel. We have read and watched films about the horrors faced by tenants. But unfairly harassing the zamindar is also a reality and it is a rare film focusing on that aspect. Juhi Chaturvedi’s screenplay, however, does not do full justice to the concept. The film is seen with some interesting characters and settings and a lot can be done with them. Juhi, however, lets the opportunity pass. Juhi Chaturvedi’s dialogues are conversational and simple, some of which are sharp and funny.
The direction of Shoojit government is modest. He had a weak script in his hand and therefore, there was not much he could do anyway. However, we have seen the charm of her performances in films like Vicky Donor and PIKU. GULABO SITABO is also in the same area, but his direction leaves much to be desired. On the positive side, he captures the essence of Lucknow beautifully. On the big screen, it would have been interesting to experience it. He also gets great performances from his actors. On the flipside, the humor is missing and would have made a lot of difference. Also, some developments are shocking and this is particularly in relation to Mirza’s character. On one hand, he is believed to be quite clever and moneyy, who married Begum in the first place. But on the other hand, he is also quite simple, who did not even know the fair value of the goods he used to sell and even The mansion In which he has been living for several decades.
GULABO SITABO begins on a decent note, introducing the characters (including the mansion), the title, and the relevance of the world in which they live. The background score and even the circumstances give the appearance of a comic semper, but there are hardly any funny moments in the film. It is only when Mirza wakes up in the middle of the road, when the film actually takes place and the laugh-worthy sequence is finally achieved. Things have gotten better here since the inception of Gyanesh Shukla and Christopher Clarke and it enhances the game between Mirza and Banke. Although the film gives a glimpse, there is nothing exciting or fun with any of the characters. This happens only in the last 10-15 minutes. The twist in the story is certainly unpredictable and although it is not completely unrelated, it ends the film on a great note.
Amitabh Bachchan gives a strong performance. Her make-up is spot-on and the way she is completely absorbed into her character’s skin is believed to be. He makes an impact only through his expressions. In this regard, two scenes that really stand out when he wakes up on the street and Vijay Raz inspect the mansion when he looks curious. Ayushmann Khurrana is also entertaining but his screen time is less than Amitabh’s. This is the second consecutive time Ayushmann has signed up for an extended supporting role, after Shubh Mangal JDU . Farrukh Jaffer has an important role and leaves a huge impression. She actually competes the show in two crucial scenes in the second half. Vijay Raj and Brijendra Kala are as reliable as ever. Srishti Srivastava (Guddo) is quite confident. Others like Purnima Sharma (Fauzia), Ananya Dwivedi (Neetu), Ujli Raj (Payal), Sunil Kumar Verma (Mishra ji), Jogi Mallang (Munmun ji), Rajeev Pandey (Inspector of Police) and Behram Rana (Abdul Rahman) People also work. Well.
The music of Shantanu Moitra, Abhishek Arora and Anuj Garg lacks shelf life. The theme music is catchy and works well. ‘Madari Ka Bandar’ There is another song that harmonizes with the film’s theme. Like the rest of the songs ‘Kuiya Leke Aao Jagme’, ‘Stingy’, ‘Fool’ Etc. are not memorable. The background score is quirky and much better.
Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography is excellent and beautifully depicts Lucknow and especially the dilapidated-dilapidated haveli. Mansi Dhruv Mehta’s production design also adds a lot to the realism of the film. The same goes for Veera Kapoor E’s costumes. None of the characters even look glamorous from a distance and this goes in favor of the film. Pia Cornelius’s prosthetics make-up design is excellent and adds impact. Chandrasekhar Prajapati’s editing is passive. Although the film is just 124 minutes long, it is quite slow.
Overall, GULABO SITABO is a decent recreation for home viewing. Despite the lack of humor and a mediocre script, the film works prominently due to the performance, Lucknow setting and the twist at the end.