Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

AMAZON Prime releases the first big Bollywood ticket on OTT post Covid. Shoojit Sircar’s delivered a critic hit in “October” and now is back with Big B and Ayushmann Khuranna in this film. Rising Sun Films produce this film that is written by Juhi Chaturvedi and directed by Shoojit Sircar.
GS made all the right noise in the trailer and with an accomplished star cast was supposed to be a roller coaster ride for the audience. Sadly the film right from the first frame fails to lift itself. A dull and drab writing that is more “as a matter of fact” makes the proceedings dreary. The premise not being original is another drawback. The screenplay is flat and hardly inspiring or entertaining. Even the humour that is very essential in such films is a huge let down. Blunt characters without any edge or spice bring down the narration considerably.
Big B is in his elements and does not surprise us. Ayushmann does not fuss around either. The much expected exchanges between them are sadly disappointing. The supporting cast are rudimentary and deliver placidly.
Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography captures the nostalgia of “Lucknow” wonderfully.  The dim shots give the scenes a lot more depth than they actually deserve. Shantanu Moitra’s background score is minimal and is repetitive at times. Editing by Chandrashekar sticks to the narrative. Dialogues are average and direction standard.
GULABO SITAO is a linear, standard and so boringly straight film that you will not miss much multi tasking on your electronic devices.

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