Gulabo Sitabo Movie Review: Fatto Begum is a scene-stealer who is almost 91. She treats her husband with candy floss and smartly sold her 'Fatima Mahal' to her ex-boyfriend for rupees 3.
Gulabo Sitabo: Film Review
Rating: 3.5/5 star
Gulabo Sitabo starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana premiered on Amazon Prime on June 12, 2020. The two hours 4-minute comedy-drama which is written by Juhi Chaturvedi and directed by Shoojit Sircar scored 6.5/10 at IMDb.
Juhi Chaturvedi who has written a script picturised all the characters in an effective manner. This is a multi-layered film with a very deep meaning and has a lot to say about the same in which the owner and tenants try to set groundbreaking plans against each other. This movie is picturised in Lucknow which is a land of rich and mighty and is also known as nawabon ka shehar. Similarly, Amitabh as a Mirza also takes Pride in khandani heritage mansion which can collapse at any time. He is known as a greedy man who steals bulbs, chandeliers in order to get money and is married to Fatto Begum who is 15 years elder to him.
The ancient mansion is named as ‘Fatima Mahal’ in which fever the tenants are living from the past 20 to 30 years at the monthly rent of rupees 30 and at rupees 40 whose head is Ayushman Khurana named as Bankey. The story starts and ends with two puppets named as Gulabo Sitabo and this movie can also be correlated with the story of two monkeys and a cat in which two monkeys keeps fighting for the share and the real benefit is taken by the cat who is characterized as Fatto Begum here who is the actual owner of the mansion.
Other characters which played an important role in the story are Shrishti Srivastava as Guddo who is Bankey’s sister, gyanesh Shukla who is a politically driven Archaeological officer and a lawyer Christopher who wants to own the house. The movie kick starts with a scene where the wall of a toilet collapses and then the story starts developing with the bureaucracy of Archaeological department which is captured effectively by Avik Mukhopadhya.
The movie sometimes baffled its bua by living number of issues going in a society like nostalgia of public libraries, love failure of a system to protect the tenants in anyway, basic lack of human rights, greed, obsession, love, mansplaining, the importance of education, hollow government system and tricky tenants.
In this movie, Fatto Begum is a scene-stealer who is almost 91. She treats her husband with candy floss and smartly sold her ‘Fatima Mahal’ to her ex-boyfriend for rupees 3. In the end, she can be seen celebrating her birthday and treating herself in the mansion in a similar way in which two monkeys kept fighting and a cat went off by taking a share with a treat for herself which makes a scene humorous by looking at Mirza and Bankey who are standing outside the mansion.
It is an insane story which was printed in the New York Times about a Nawabi family from Awadh who used to live in Delhi in Khandar haveli. Reality can be a stranger than fiction. The story can easily be read by the name of ‘the Jungle Prince of Delhi’ on Google.
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