Gulabo Sitabo (2020)
(Released: Jun 12, 2020)
Located in Lucknow, the 100-year-old mansion Fatima Mahal is in shambles and close to ruination, and home to multiple families who pay a measly rent ranging from 30-70 rupees. But there is just one 'pest' who neither leaves nor pays the rent on time--Baankey(Ayushmann Khurrana). Of all the people who are tired of his go-to excuse, "Main gareeb hoon," Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan) is the angriest of all. This 78-year-old abuse-hurling, prank-pulling man harbours only one dream his whole life, that of becoming the legal owner of the mansion he dearly loves and lives in. And, from time to time, he devices scheming ways of achieving his unfulfilled desire. When all else fails to get the chakki-selling Baankey to leave after he breaks the brick wall of the common toilet, a huffing-puffing Mirza rushes off to the police station to settle the raging dispute.
In comes the officer of Archaeological Survey of India (Lucknow Circle), Mr. Gyanesh Mishra (Vijay Raaz). This conniving bully of a public servant senses that the dilapidated haveli has the potential to become a national heritage property (or maybe not) and convinces Baankey how this plan will work best for him and the other tenants. But Mirza is no fool and is quick to launch his own secret weapon, Christopher Clark (Brijendra Kala). Clark only "speaks English at home" and boasts of a repertoire dedicated to resolving property woes. The mansion is now mayhem personified and everyone's hankering after one thing or the other. Why is this sprawling, ageing piece of property more important than those who inhabit it? Shoojit Sircar's 'Gulabo Sitabo' is a social commentary, a satire on the psyche of mankind and how when greed serves as a guiding force in your life -- it can take you to strange places.