Director: Shoojit Sircar
Writer: Juhi Chaturvedi
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vijay Raaz
Release Date: 12 June 2020
Storyline: Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the plot revolves around the Fatima Mahal an Old mansion in Lucknow belonging to Fatima Begum for which his husband Mirzaa (Amitabh Bachchan)stingy, miserly 78-year-old “Owner” and one of his tenants Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana)living with his family have conflict from a long time and in between many characters came finding their self -interest to be fulfilled from the haveli.
Review: During this CoVID’19 time and from when the lockdown announced in India the theatres are closed and OTT platforms are becoming more popular among the people for passing their leisure time. The movie’s Gulabo Sitabo also released today on Amazon Prime Video in 200 countries and with 15 subtitle language. The movie will be remembered for the fact that it became the first Indian movie which is being released on the OTT platform instead of theatre. People are also missing every Friday blockbuster release but Gulao Sitabo proved to trendsetter.
We might have heard Tom and Jerry like relations between the landlord and the tenant who is always fighting for very small reasons which are very common in our society. The writer who has written movies like “Vickey Doner” and “October” like movies for Shoojit Sircar which created milestones and she came with this landlord and tenant relation story which has been shown in the movie very accurately.
Mirza the owner is having a deep love for the haveli, the love for the haveli is so deep that he don’t want to leave the haveli even after his death. But in between his love for haveli, there are are many tenants who are staying in the mansion from last many decades, and in the mind, they have decide to annex the mansion. the leader of the tenants Baankey who lives in the mansion with his mother and three sisters, read till the sixth and runs the flour mill shop. Banke falls in love with a girl, who is pressing for marriage. but when it comes to giving the rent for staying in the haveli he always finds a way to cheat Mirza an escape from giving the rent. When this renting thing more became more complex and for Mirza, it became difficult to collect the rent, then Mirza started planning for getting the whole mansion back and removing all the tenants from the mansion, for which he is ready to do anything for which the archeologist, lawyer, and minister also entered into the story. As it is said that during the bad time even mind also loses senses which completely fits on Mirza who for his self greed and due to foolishness put the haveli on the stake. Mirza is not only greedy either but he 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 become the owner of the mansion.
Juhi Chaturvedi has spent a large part of the screenplay on the plight of these two. But after a while, this fight between Mirza and Baankey starts to seem dull and boring. The film does not feel like going anywhere. The twist and pace in the story come when Mirza, along with a lawyer, prepares to sell the mansion to the builder. On the other hand, Baankey plans to hand it over to the Archaeological Department by meeting an officer of the Department of Archeology under the greed of the LIG flat. However, one of Begum’s masterstrokes derails Mirza and Banke’s plans and both have to leave the mansion, for which the two were enemies of each other.
Amitabh Bachchan noose 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. It is not a challenge for Amitabh to be called a great hero of the century. The challenge lies in front of the writer and director. It seems Shujit could not handle this challenge properly this time. Mirza’s character is not as tickling as that of Bhaskar Banerjee of ‘Piku’, despite the perfect getup, make-up, and precise physical gestures. At the same time, Ayushman Khurana has worn dirty clothes to play the role of a lower-middle-class family. He has put on a little belly. Ayushmann has also changed his accent. He is quite natural in his character. It is Amitabh and Ayushmann’s nappy-looking acting that has saved many scenes from piling up.
Among the supporting cast, Srishti Shrivastava, Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala seem to fit their respective characters. The glamorous Lucknow had no place in the film’s story, so cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay has captured the old parts of Lucknow in a camera on the best. In shabby Havelis, Nawabi chic signs are embossed. Shantanu Moitra’s background score is simple, but the scenes of Haveli and Mirza have music and lyrics playing in the background. The good thing is that the tradition of needless lip-sync songs is now decreasing in the Hindi cinema.
Shoojit, who directed Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Piku’ and Ayushman Khurana in ‘Vicky Donor’, got little shaken in ‘Gulabo Sitabo’. Despite good acting and technical aspects, Gulabo Sitabo does not appear to be a complete film. While watching this film, again and again, Shoojit’s films ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Piku’ continue to knock in the mind, who had a humorous departure in every frame. Gulabo Sitabo proves to be weaker than him.
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, the right becomes the one who knows the price of that thing. After the film is over, it comes to mind that Amitabh is like that ‘antique chair’ which is priceless and like Shoojit Sircar’s goofy ‘Mirza’, who sold that Lakhtakiya Kursi for a penny.
Our overall critic’s rating is not an average of the sub scores below.