Recently, it was announced that Shoojit Sircar’s quirky drama Gulabo Sitabo starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana will be having its global premiere on Amazon prime video on June 12. This sparked controversy between multiplex chain owners and the film producers. Now the director of the film, Shoojit Sircar has opened up about the multiplex owners’ controversy along with many other things.
Gulabo Sitabo is a story of hilarious banter between a tenant played by Ayushmann Khurrana, and the owner of an old haveli played by Amitabh Bachchan. The film’s script is written by Juhi Chaturvedi who has collaborated with Shoojit for the fourth time. The direct release on the OTT by skipping the theatrical release for such a big Bollywood film didn’t go down well with the multiplex chain owners.
In an interview with Firstpost, Shoojit Sircar was asked about the resentment among the multiplex chain owners of INOX and PVR over the digital release of Gulabo Sitabo? He said, “Their resentment is right, and that is why I never retaliated to what they felt. I just told them, ‘Yes, you have every right to protest. You have every right to feel uncomfortable because this film is releasing digitally. But there is nothing personal. You will find your way to run your business, and I will find a way to release my films.”
He added: “The Producers’ Guild also sent a statement to theatre owners saying how will the producers move on. Unless they move on, and films get made, the films will not get projected in the theatre. But I will always say that both cinema halls and OTT are going to co-exist. Their resentment is absolutely right but this is not the end of the world. We have to move on.”
Shoojit Sircar also opened up about his next Sardar Udham Singh which stars Vicky Kaushal in the lead role, he said, “I have finished the shoot but the post-production was halted. But now, the government has given us permission, and we will figure out how to start work on it. At this moment, the release is scheduled for January 2021 but I don’t know how things will roll out in terms of the release plan.”
Gulabo Sitabo marks the first pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana together. Ayushmann has worked with Shoojit Sircar in 2012’s Vicky Donor and Bachchan has worked with him in 2015’s Piku.