MUMBAI: After much speculation, director Shoojit Sircar together with actors Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana have confirmed that their upcoming film, 'Gulabo Sitabo', will directly release on an OTT streaming platform rather than releasing on the big screen first.
Juhi Chaturvedi of 'Piku' fame has penned down this quirky dramedy. It'll release on Amazon Prime Video on June 12.
'Gulabo Sitabo' is like a slice of life, a dramedy that's a must-watch for families at home," said Big B.
Talking about his experience of acting on the film, he added: "I was excited about my role since the time Shoojit showed me the character's look. It took me almost three hours every day to get into character with its different look. I had a beautiful time working with my very talented co-star Ayushmann Khurrana. Although we are constantly bantering in the film, it's been a pleasure working with him for the first time. This family entertainer has the ability to cut across geographic boundaries and we are pleased to bring 'Gulabo Sitabo' to audiences from all over the world."
Ayushmann also noted that 'Gulabo Sitabo' is truly a special film for him.
"It made me reunite with my mentor Shoojit da after 'Vicky Donor'. Whatever I'm today is due to him and I'm happy that he included me in his vision again. 'Gulabo Sitabo' also sees me share screen space with Mr Amitabh Bachchan for the very first time and it's a huge moment, it's a dream come true for me. I even have secretly wished to star with him for many, many years and Shoojit da made this happen, and I am going to be indebted to him forever. It's truly been an honour for me to share screen space with a legend and I feel enriched as an actor after the experience," he said.
Ayushmann added: "What I really like about the film is its sheer simplicity -- the fleeting moments of easy humour in the banter between a landlord and tenant makes this film really special. I hope audiences love the film and our chemistry when it premieres."
'Gulabo Sitabo' was slated for a theatrical release earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic led to an entire lockdown of the nation.
"This is the dawn of a new era for Indian entertainment," said director Sircar.
"I am happy that a worldwide audience is going to get to watch our gritty dramedy and revel in what the film has in store for them. 'Gulabo Sitabo' is a quirky, lighthearted movie that the audience can enjoy with their families. it's been a wonderful experience working with Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana on the film," added the director.
'Gulabo Sitabo' is being described as the story "of two slimy scheming foxes in a game of one-upmanship, each one attracting other members to their clan and each one with an agenda of his own".
With the digital release, 'Gulabo Sitabo' will premiere across 200 countries and territories.
"It is the initiative in our endeavour to bring superior cinematic experiences to our customer's doorstep," said Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India.
A Rising Sun Films production, 'Gulabo Sitabo' is produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar.