Gulabo Sitabo Reviews (Top Critics)

BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

GULABO SITABO is the story of the rivalry between a tenant and a landlord. Mirza Chunnan Nawab (Amitabh Bachchan), 78, is married to Fatima Begum (Farrukh Jafar), who is nearly 17 years older to him. Begum owns more-than-a-century-old palatial mansion called Fatima Mahal in Lucknow, where she resides.

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Filmcompanion.in
By Anupama Chopra

"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good, greed is right, greed works." You remember Gordon Gekko's memorable lines from Wall Street? Gulabo Sitabo is the antidote to that. The film, directed by Shoojit Sircar and written by Juhi Chaturvedi, is a bittersweet study of greed and its consequences. But this isn't a morality tale. Shoojit and Juhi don't judge their characters. They simply present them with all their flaws and frailty.

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Mid-Day
By Vinamra Mathur (3.5/5)

The names of nearly all the Shoojit Sircar films are justified by their stories or their characters. He named one of his films Vicky Donor because it was about a Delhi boy, Vicky, who becomes a sperm donor. Madras Cafe derived its title by real-life incidents and what went behind the assassination of one of India's Prime Ministers. When he announced Gulabo Sitabo, one really had to understand what it meant.

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Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (4/5)

Set in the old Lucknow - the city of nawabs. Mirza Sheikh (Amitabh Bachchan) a 78-year-old caretaker of more than a century old mansion - Fatima Mahal is always at logger heads with one of his tenants Baankey Sodhi (Ayushmann Khurrana). Baankey runs a flour making machine and his family has been staying as tenant in the mansion since generations paying a petty rent of Rs. 30.

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Indiatvnews.com
By Shalu Singh (3.5/5)

From the word go, Gulabo Sitabo gives you those vibes which only director Shoojit Sircar and writer Juhi Chaturvedi's collaboration can bring. If you have watched the director-writer duo's previous offerings, you must be pretty aware of the easy-breezy feel that their movies usually have. You don't have to use your mind, all you need is to feel the film. Gulabo Sitabo, directed by Shoojit Sircar with writer Juhi Chaturvedi taking up the department of screenplay and dialogues, is a light-hearted comedy-drama.

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Koimoi.com
By Umesh Punwani (3/5)

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.

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (3.5/5)

Gulabo Sitabo is set in the city of Nawabs. But neither glory nor grandeur are the focus of its prickly world or sparring occupants. The Lucknow in Shoojit Sircar's whimsical satire is familiar but fading and concerns itself with people at the fringes.

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Firstpost.com
By Anna M.M. Vetticad (3.5/5)

In the Gulabo-Sitabo tradition of theatre in Uttar Pradesh, my arts encyclopedia tells me, these two ladies' names are bestowed on glove puppets: Sitabo is a man's exhausted and overworked spouse, Gulabo is his fresh-as-dew lover. In director Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, written by Juhi Chaturvedi, the duo can be viewed either as a metaphor for perennially-sparring Lucknow in which the story is set, or as a literal allusion to its warring leading men.

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath

Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo is set in the old parts of Lucknow, but tourists and consumers of films about the city's famed gentility and aristocratic traditions will be hard-pressed to recognise it. Only the faintest trace of grace survives in this movie version of Lucknow. Here, the loftily named mansion Fatema Mahal is actually a decrepit collection of shaky walls and missing railings.

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News18.com
By Rajeev Masand (2.5/5)

A crabby landlord, a defiant tenant, a crumbling mansion. Shoojit Sircar's new film Gulabo Sitabo, set in the old city of Lucknow, puts the ordinariness of everyday life at the center of its story. The film is a tragi-comedy about two men who essentially want the same thing - the security and permanence of owning their homes - yet they fail to empathize with each other's situation.

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The Times Of India
By Pallabi Dey Purkayastha (3.5/5)

Fatima Mahal is at the centre of a long feud between its owner's husband Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan) and their stubborn tenant Baankey Rastogi (Ayushmann Khurrana). But there are other players involved in this rat race and everyone's in it for their own vested interest.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2/5)

A mouldering haveli in Lucknow is where much of the action plays out, in Gulabo Sitabo, the latest Shoojit Sircar-Juhi Chaturvedi offering, which is the first big brand new Bollywood film to open on a streaming platform, in these theaters-shut pandemic times.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

Somewhere in the middle of Gulabo Sitabo there is a rather nimble give and take between Baankey Rastogi (Ayushmann Khurrana), one of the tenants of an old, crumbling Lucknow haveli, Fatima Mahal, and Pandeyji (Shri Prakash Bajpai) an old friend of the landlord Mirza Nawab (Amitabh Bachchan). "Aaj bade din baad tapke (You dropped by after a long time)," observes a catty Baankey.

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Hindustan Times
By Jyoti Sharma Bawa

Few actors can hold their own against Amitabh Bachchan when juxtaposed in the same frame. An Amitabh Bachchan with a protruding nose, a shaggy chihuahua of a beard and a constant crabby expression is still a force to reckon with, but Lucknow manages just fine. In every frame of Amazon Prime's Gulabo Sitabo, the city peeks in with its decrepit archways and gentile mansions that demand attention even if their glory days are behind them.

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (3.5/5)

The Gulabo Sitabo narrative, as all the publicity material had told us, has two poles. One, a stingy, 78-year-old 'owner' of a Lucknow haveli of indeterminate provenance. The other, a particularly intransigent tenant determined not to vacate the premises come what may. They squabble all the time. It isn't a pretty sight. But it is funny all right especially when the writing is laced with wacky wit.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (3.5/5)

#OneWordReview Gulabo Sitabo: WONDERFUL. Shoojit Sircar gets it right yet again... Effective writing - garnished with wicked humour - is its USP... Unforeseeable finale a big plus... BigB, Ayushmann in super form... Worth watching! #GulaboSitaboReview

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