PLOT: The movie is set in Lucknow. The story is about two scheming men get caught up in a game of one-upmanship, each one attracting other members to their clan and each one with an agenda of his own. It is a social satire that revolves around the lives of Mirza and Baankey. While they keep devising schemes to bring each other down, a bigger conflict comes into play and leaves them with some crucial lessons about life.
A real-life puppeteer (Mohammed Naushad) performs at different points in the film. He is a metaphor for men on strings. The comedy-drama film is written by Juhi Chaturvedi and directed by Shoojit Sircar. It is produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was not released theatrically but released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on 12th June 2020.
Amitabh Bachchan as Mirza Sheikh
Ayushmann Khurrana as Baankey Rastogi
Vijay Raaz as Government officer, Gyanesh Shukla
Brijendra Kala as Lawyer, Christopher Clark
Farrukh Jafar as Begum
Srishti Shrivastava as Guddo
Nalneesh Neel as Sheikhu
Tina Bhatia as Dulahin
Gulabo Sitabo Movie Rating:
Overall Hit ya Flop Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars (Good)
Amitabh Bachchan is outstanding, Ayushmann and Srishti Shrivastava are a delight to watch. Good performances by other supporting casts. Shoojit Sircar’s direction and Avik Mukhopadhayay’s cinematography are the highlights of the film.
There was a chance for more crisp editing in the first half of the film. Despite an average screenplay, the film is a decent entertainer.