The Coronavirus-induced lockdown has led to closure of cinemas. Since last three months, not a single star-studded film has released. But finally, Gulabo Sitabo is all set to be streamed on Amazon Prime today. The film features Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan. Moreover, it is helmed by Shoojit Sircar, who has given memorable films like Vicky Donor  and Piku  with both the actors respectively. So does Gulabo Sitabo manage to be as memorable as the aforementioned films? Or does it fail to entice? Let’s see the review.
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Production Company: Rising Sun Films, Kino Works
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Gulabo Sitabo Review
Amitabh Bachchan plays Mirza, a bitter, rapacious old man who owns, or at least he believes he does, Fatima Mahal, a debilitating mansion that has been rented out to 5 families, one of them being Ayushmann Khurrana’s Baanke. As was the norm with leases signed decades ago, Baanke pays pittance for rent, as do the other families. This routinely brings them in conflict with Mirza. Baanke is semi-orphaned and unlettered and runs a flour mill to support his three sisters.
This film is not solely about Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, either. To savour “Gulabi Sitabo” you need to understand that the film is as much about the quirks of Lakhnavi life. Importantly, a third significant character here is the decrepit ‘haveli’ (mansion), Fatima Mahal, which the story is centred on and which becomes a silent protagonist for the bittersweet drama-comedy to unfold.
Without giving away spoilers, things come to a pass between the ever-bickering Mirza and Bankey that both end up trying to make some fast fortune off the ‘haveli’. Mirza and Bankey’s showdown sequences are the film’s high points. Bachchan and Khurrana clearly relish executing those moments. Chaturvedi’s screenplay, brought to life by Shoojit Sircar’s deft direction, evokes a profound sense of nostalgia.