Pikchar With Rita: ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ Ginormous Homes, A Farce, And A Confession

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.

Gulabo Sitabo Review: A Black Comedy With Weighty Underpinnings

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.

Ayushmann Khurrana And Amitabh Bachchan Starrer ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ To Release On Amazon Prime On June 12

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.

Shoojit Sircar Interview: I Can’t Tell You How Relieved I Am That No One Will Be Bothering Me With Box Office Updates Every Hour

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.

Upset Over Direct OTT Release, Popular Multiplex Chains PVR And Inox Put Out Statements Expressing Disapproval

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.

Jayasurya And Friday Film House To Face Ban From Theatrical Releases; FEUOK Unhappy With Direct OTT Release Of ‘Sufiyum Sujathayum’

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.

Mehrunisa Review: Farrukh Jaffer is Superb as an Aspiring Actress in This Austrian Film

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.

Film Exhibitors Stare at Losses as Production Houses Choose OTT Premieres Over Theatrical Releases

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.

Saheber Cutlet Review: Flawless Performances Highlight of this Well-Baked, Funny Entertainer

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.

Dharamshala International Film Festival Announces Final Lineup

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).

Vidya Balan Starrer ‘Shakuntala Devi’ To Premiere On Amazon Prime Video On July 31

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.

Jayasurya And Aditi Rao Hydari Starrer ‘Sufiyum Sujathayum’ Premieres On Amazon Prime Video On July 3

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.

I Wanted To Witness Audience’s Reactions To My Film: Eashvar Karthic On His Debut Film ‘Penguin’

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.