BOLLYWOOD: We understand the concept of Gulabo and Sitabo through a puppet show in the start, in which the puppeteer recites the story of these two puppets. We’ve Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan), husband of Fatima Begum (Farrukh Jafar) who’s the owner of the haveli in Lucknow (mansion) they’re living in.
They’ve housed multiple tenants in the haveli, out of which Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana) is the following no rules, paying no rent since years. What starts as the tom & jerry banter between Mirza & Baankey, turns into a matter which attracts the archaeology department as well as hotshot builders to get that haveli at any cost.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Mirza is a very difficult character to portray at multiple levels. First, he gets into the physical structure of the character and not for a moment makes it look like a caricature. Second, he adapts the weird accent and makes sure that each and every dialogue is heard crystal clear. Mr Bachchan does everything effortlessly and when you’re being labelled as one of the greatest actors of all time, there are performances such as these backing that claim.
All said and done, Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi will capture you in the haveli for 120 minutes and make you watch the drama unfold. ‘Drama’ being the keyword here! Watch it for some mind-blowing performances & the rustic mood created by Sircar.