In this world of greedy landlords, imperious old women, sly tenants, safari-wearing sarkari crooks like Gyanesh (played superbly by Vijay Raaz) you can’t become all nostalgic about the fading glory of Fateema Mahal.An old and overweight Urdu poet lives amongst the disarray of neglect, spouting verses that sound empty and florid—a metaphor for a certain mode of life, a faded language and life in post-independent India.
A lot of logical explanation in this film falls on Guddo’s head while rest of the film never veers away from its black territory but one instance stands out — when villains are explicitly defined — when it is told that Mirza and Baankey are not duelling, the villain is people like Shukla, the agents of the government, this time from the archaeology department distorting the past to create a new future.
Gulabo Sitabo is the newest Hindi film to have been plagued by a copyright controversy. The allegations are against the writer of the film Juhi Chaturvedi. Akira Agarwal, son of writer Rajeev Agarwal, has alleged that the script for Gulabo Sitabo has been copied from his story 16, Mohandas Lane.
Shoojit Sircar’s quirky dramedy Gulabo Sitabo’s trailer was released recently and features a hilarious battle of wits between Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana. The film will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on June 12.
Caught in a game of one-upmanship, are landlord and tenant Mirza and Baankey. They both scheme and plot their way to winning this battle of wills in the trailer of Gulabo Sitabo that dropped today on Amazon Prime Video.
Recently, it was announced that Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo was done with shoot and post-production and that the first copy of the movie had also been produced. While reports that the makers have signed a deal with the Over-The-Top (OTT) platform, Amazon Prime, had also surfaced it was not clear if the film will hit the OTT platform directly without a theatrical release.
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana who was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo will be working with Kai Po Che! fame Abhishek Kapoor for an untitled love story set in North India. The actor will play the role of a cross-functional athlete in the film.
I caught up with the director to talk about making a film with two stars, his fascination with older actors, and deciding to have veteran actor Farrukh Jaffar’s name first in the film’s credit slate.Today it is facing extinction. “I thought why not use the name as a sort of a tribute and somehow spotlight a puppet art that is dying,” Shoojit Sircar tells me from Kolkata over a phone conversation, explaining the title of his upcoming film, Gulabo Sitabo.
Last week, Amazon Prime and other Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms announced the direct release of several films skipping the theatrical release. While Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap starrer Ghoomketu, hitting Zee5 on May 22, was the first to make it to the news, Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo hitting Amazon Prime on June 12, was the first to create a stir among the stakeholders of the Indian film industry.
On Friday, Amazon Prime announced the premiere of seven feature films directly on the Over-The-Top (OTT) platform skipping the theatrical release. Set for release in May, June, and July, the films were Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi, Jayasurya starrer Sufiyum Sujathayum, Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo, Danish Sait starrer French Biryani, Ragini Chandran starrer Law, Jyothika starrer Ponmagal Vandhal, and Keerthy Suresh starrer Penguin.
In a film industry that abandons female stars once they have crossed their 30s, and pairs their contemporary male actors with much younger actresses, Mehrunisa is a thematically significant work like Alankrita Srivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burqa (2016), where Ratna Pathak Shah played a 55-year-old woman who is ridiculed for her sexual desires.
The IMDb page of the Hindi film Khaali Peeli is a sorry sight. The film has received a rating of 2.4 on the online entertainment database, and its trailer had garnered one million dislikes in less than 24 hours of its release.
Dil Bechara, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film, and Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru were the most searched movies in India in 2020 while Pataal Lok, Mirzapur 2 and Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story were the most searched web series, according to Google’s Year in Search 2020 list.
After the Centre permitted theatres to reopen and issued a set of guidelines, state governments – barring Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu – allowed cinema halls to reopen on October 15. Very soon, to the relief of nationwide exhibitors, the Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu governments announced the reopening of theatres from November. This gave exhibitors and theatre owners the hope of finally screening Hindi films. “It’s been 34 days now.
Actor Ajay Devgn will be directing veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan in their upcoming collaboration, Mayday.
After actor Vijay Raaz was accused of molesting a crew member during the shooting of Sherni in Madhya Pradesh, the film’s director Amit Masurkar and producer Vikram Malhotra have set up an Internal Complaints Committee to probe the matter.
Once in Chandannagar, a former French colony in West Bengal, he finds his house being illegally occupied by a stubborn family- Sukumar (Sumanta Mukherjee) and his three children, who claim to have been living there for more than 25 years. Frustrated by this roadblock, he decides to start staying in the dilapidated, ‘haunted’ house on the advice of his bumbling lawyer Kana Ukil (Kanchan Mullick) and encounters a mysterious, globe-trotting, wine guzzling, music teacher called Solaris (Anjan Dutt)- seemingly another illegal occupant in the house.
In a separate category, DIFF is once again partnering with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films to present a package of Indian short films: Alternism (directed by Devansh Mathur), Call him Eddy (directed by Sanjeev Vig), Disconnected (directed by Suhail Tatari), Dobara Alvida (directed by Shashank S Singh), Man of the House (directed by Jall Cowasji), and Nawab (directed by Mansi Jain).
Several Hindi films including Kedarnath and Thappad, are set to re-release after cinema halls reopen on October 15, post a seven-month pause due to the Covid-10 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Amazon Prime Video will premiere nine films across five Indian languages starting from October 15, the streaming service provider announced on Friday.
Ayushmann Khurrana is all set to star as a cross-functional athlete in his upcoming film directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Khuranna says it will feature him in a “different” role.
Amazon Prime Video today launched the trailer of its first Kannada direct-to-service film, Law, a criminal suspense drama that follows the life of Nandhini, a law student who demands justice for a gruesome crime.
In May, Amazon Prime Video announced the direct premiere of seven films on the OTT platform skipping a theatrical release. Among the list of pan-Indian films was Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi. While the release date of the same had not been announced back then, the streamer has now confirmed that the film will be available on the platform from July 31.
Sufiyum Sujathayum, starring Jayasurya and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead roles will hit the OTT platform, Amazon Prime Video, directly on July 3. The film is a romantic thriller directed by Karie fame Naranipuzha Shanavas. Bankrolled by Vijay Babu’s Friday Film House, Sufiyum Sujathayum is the fifth movie collaboration of Jayasurya and Vijay Babu after Philips And The Monkey Pen, Aadu Oru Bheekarajeeviyaanu 1 and 2, and Thrissur Pooram.
While the teaser and trailer have already led to several comparisons with local and foreign language films owing to the genre, are you ready for all that talk after the film? (Laughs. ) I’m happy that my film is being compared to the many wonderful films across the world.I actually wanted to do a science-fiction action script for my first film and Penguin wasn’t in the picture back then.