Shoojit Sircar has got to be the most versatile director in Hindi cinema right now. While his forte is quirky comedies, he has found massive success with films like Madras Café, Pink and October. To decode this director’s psyche is a tough ask for anyone.
Gulabo Sitabo is another quirky comedy from his stable which has the likes of Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan play men who are constantly at war with each other (in a harmless, Tom and Jerry manner).
Amitabh Bachchan plays Mirza, the owner of an inherited mansion (adding haveli for colloquialism here) in Lucknow and Ayushmann plays Baankey, a tenant of Mirza.
Both of them are pulling each other’s leg every chance they get and expect another memorable role from Amitabh Bachchan in a Shoojit Sircar film. To finally settle scores, Mirza tries to sell his mansion but has to get papers from the Archaeology Department. Now Baankey doesn’t want that and stops Mirza from selling it off.
What ensues later is a cat and mouse game on whether Mirza is successful is selling off the mansion or not. Having watched Shoojit Sircar’s previous works, I expect both of them to unite together in the climax in spite of their differences. A perfect family-entertainer is on the cards.
So with Gulabo Sitabo, the abbreviation of FDFS has officially changed to First Day First Stream from First Day First Show. A Bollywood film is directly released on an OTT platform instead of theatres and this will result in massive change in user behaviour. We can only wait and watch how things will pan out in the near future.
The film will stream on Amazon Prime from the 12th of June, 2020.
Watch a sneak peek of the light-hearted and innocuous banter in the trailer here –