The first mainstream movie from Bollywood which decided to be on the OTT platform before releasing in the theatres, GULABO SITABO is as quirky as the title. Gulabo and Sitabo refer to, in the world of puppetry in Lucknow, the wife and the mistress and the puppet show is about the squabbles between these two characters. And here in the movie, these squabbles are between the ageing Mirza (played with great realism by the Big B) and the difficult tenant played by Ayushmann Khurana. By making the movie, Shoojit Sircar, who has decidedly done daringly different movies (like Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe, Piku and October) adds one more to the list. GULABO SITABO is the quirkiest one of these, but that’s not the reason, I would put this in the bottom of the ranking of these movies. But this bottom is higher than the top creations of most of our Bollywood directors.The dialogues by Juhi Chaturvedi are the best portions of GULABO SITABO, filled with wry humour, and delivered superbly by all the actors. The shots of the decaying parts of the Lucknow Haveli and the neighborhood have been captured superbly by Abhik Mukhopadhyay. The portrayals are also very good, but sewn together, GULABO SITABO comes across as a loosely strung series of skits rather than as a well constructed movie. Also, the character of Ayushmann has been drawn rather weakly. Consequently, in quite a few places, in between the skit scenes, it slips into what could be called empty ennui.On the whole, GULABO SITABO is watchable, but certainly not unmissable!
RATING : 3 out of 5
June 13th, 2020