In Hindi cinema, Amitabh Bachchan’s name has been known for films that have taken all the directors to the top heights of their careers and then also put their careers at risk. The mistake is less of Amitabh Bachchan. He still tries his best to put his life in every character, but who knows that Prakash Mehra, who is chained to Amitabh Bachchan, will ever make him a magician. And, who would know that Shoojit Sarkar, who is making Piku about Amitabh Bachchan, will ever make Gulabo Sitabho for him.
Amitabh Bachchan is not the name of an artist. This is the name of a living legend. He has an aura similar to his name. And, if the film is not in line with this aura, then that film will not be liked by the audience of the Hindi belt at least. Nobody wants to see Bachchan of Bachupatti as a helpless old man for money. Nobody wants to see that someone who runs a flour mill in old Lucknow comes and talks to them in awe. And, nobody wants to see that Amitabh Bachchan’s heroine runs away with someone else. Are you going to be 78? The heroine is only a heroine, even if 15 years is right. Shoojit Sarkar, who first met Amitabh Bachchan in the affair of Shubite, should travel a little more to understand Amitabh’s philosophy.
Before the release of this film, Shoojit Sarkar kept on crying that Amitabh Bachchan could not recognize the people of Old Lucknow in the film’s Mirza Getup. Good thing, people may not have recognized, but then what is the need of Amitabh Bachchan in a role in which Amitabh Bachchan is not known. Mirza’s character is so weak that there is no need to recognize. Replacing the nose, wearing a mesh cap in place of the wig, wearing a loose molded kurta with a chain on the back, and tilting at the waist is not the direction. The direction is to maintain Amitabh Bachchan’s indelible aura even after changing his appearance in a character like Pa.
Gulabo Sitabo is a decades old folk art of Uttar Pradesh. The Kalandars wear two puppets in their hands like dasthas and keep fighting them. To explain the new generation, Shoojit also showed a scene of Tom and Jerry on TV. Brother, if you have to come to objects directly instead of images or symbols to explain the heart of your story, then what will the story do? Juhi Chaturvedi claims Gulabo Sitabo’s story that it belongs to him. Now they will remain the same.
Amitabh Bachchan has once again got the class teacher wrong. However, even then, he has done the best in the class. His effort to bend the waist in a special way, at the age of 77, dares to show the brilliance of his acting in every corner of an old mansion brings relief to audiences of all ages and sections. The story is around him in the film Gulabo Sitabo. Ayushmann is also in the film, you have to remember it yourself. Otherwise, whether Vinod Khanna and Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Shatrughna Sinha, Shashi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty and even Govinda all came together in a frame to tarnish their aura. There is still some time left for Ayushman to get Govinda’s fame.
Who would have thought that Hindi cinema’s first mainstream film, releasing on Prime Video with a subtitled 15 languages, would be such? This film will be seen in two hundred countries and people of these two hundred countries will understand that it is the best Hindi cinema of 2020. But, alas, this cinema is not even the best, better or better. Despite this, Avik Mukhopadhyay has handled the camera very well. Had Chandrasekhar Prajapati not accommodated Shoojit at the time of editing, perhaps all the content from the timeline and he could have blown and increased the speed of the film. The color palette is great but Lucknow looks much more beautiful at night.
When the background music of the Lucknow story is composed by the director bowl music, then one must understand what is going to happen next. The story of one line of the film is that Banke, a tenant living in an old mansion named Fatima Manzil, does not get along with Mirza, who considers herself a landlord. Both are trying to concoct each other. At the end of the film it is difficult to understand who lost, who won. Even Vijay Raj, Brajendra Kala, Srishti Shrivastava and Farrukh Zafar worked very hard but the spectacle was not accumulated.