After lockdown, Gulabo Sitabo is the first Bollywood film to release on OTT platform.
The story of the film revolves around two men eyeing on a very old Haveli in Lucknow. The haveli’s nominal owner, Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan) and Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana), a tenant who’s living there since forever.
The ancient property laws states that the tenants cannot be evicted nor made to pay more that a meagre rent, hence Baankey keeps staying as tenant with the minimum rent and the story goes on.
Amitabh Bachchan in the film is magnificent. He made his character so real that we couldn’t even think for a fact that this isn’t Mirza but Amitabh Bachchan. With all the makeup and blabbering and way of walking, the character will surely stay with us forever. On the other hand, Ayushmann Khurrana was decent with his part. Of course, it couldn’t have been better than him with the banter he shared as Baankey with Mirza but he brilliant acting could not match with Mr. Bachchan.
Vijay Raaz, being such phenomenal actor did not really have much to offer. The makers surely wasted such a talent in this film. Srishti Shrivastava emerges as the perfect choice for Baankey’s sister.
With films like Gulabo Sitabo, you expect brilliance in direction like the actors did with their acting, but it is missing here. With Juhi Chaturvedi’s fantastic writing, the direction of the film seems average.
Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography is up to the point. The frames and corners in every scene makes the movie more alive. Every nook and hook of the haveli is captured precisely.
There aren’t any songs in the film, which seems like a missed opportunity. Although, Shantanu Moitra’ subtle background score will keep you hooked but you obviously want songs too.
Watch it for the amazing banter between Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana.