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Gulabo Sitabo news on June 9: Ayushmann Khurrana aces tongue twister, nominates Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and more

Ayushmann Khurrana's Gulabo Sitabo co-star Amitabh Bachchan has posted a tongue twister on Instagram to promote the film, which begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video from June 12.

Written by Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: June 9, 2020 9:07:05 pm
ayushmann khurrana gulabo sitabo tongue twister amitabh bachchan Ayushmann Khurrana shared video, acing Gulabo Sitabo tongue twister. (Ayushmann Khurrana/Instagram)

Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo is gearing up to create history as the first mainstream Bollywood film to bypass theatrical release for a digital premiere this Friday.

While director Shoojit Sircar’s decision created uproar in the exhibition sector, it found ample support in fellow filmmakers and artistes in the Hindi film industry.

The film, however, has found itself in another controversy as its writer Juhi Chaturvedi has been accused of plagiarism. Akira Agarwal, son of late writer Rajiv Agarwal, has alleged that Chaturvedi stole his father’s script, which he claimed was submitted at a contest judged by the Bollywood writer.

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18:20 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Gulabo Sitabo tongue twister: Ayushmann Khurrana nails it

Gulabo Sitabo actor Ayushmann Khurrana's the first one to accept his co-star Amitabh Bachchan's tongue twister. Ayushmann has further nominated his colleagues, including Karan Johar and Taapsee Pannu.

17:52 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Took decision to release Gulabo Sitabo digitally to pay my technicians: Shoojit Sircar

Gulabo Sitabo director Shoojit Sircar has told Indian Express that he needed to release his Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana starrer digitally to get funds to pay his technicians.

'We are a simple production house with a few friends who somehow gather money and make movies. After we release a movie, the money we make from it is invested in the next movie. Our film was ready in November. The uncertainties over its release apart, there will be a (release) bottleneck once theatres reopen. I wanted to work on my next film, too. We took the decision to release it on a digital platform so that we could pay all our technicians. Nothing can match the magic of cinema halls. However, I believe, both theatres and digital mediums are going to co-exist,' Shoojit said.

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17:16 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Amitabh Bachchan's transforamtion in Gulabo Sitabo leaves Shoojit Sircar in awe

Gulabo Sitabo director Shoojit Sircar cannot stop raving about his actor Amitabh Bachchan's efforts to get into the avatar of Mirza, his character in the film.

16:02 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Amitabh Bachchan shares Gulabo Sitabo tongue twister

Amitabh Bachchan today took to Instagram to share a tongue twister revolving around his upcoming satire, Gulabo Sitabo, also starring Ayushmann Khurrana. "Bas 5 baar bolna hai yeh tongue twister.. Koshish karenge aap log... Karenge toh Humari chandi ho jayegi... Sivaye ek ke!" Bachchan wrote alongside a video of himself trying the twister.

15:19 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana's bickering livens up Gulabo Sitabo trailer

Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann unite for the first time on screen in Shoojit Sircar's upcoming satire, Gulao Sitabo. Watch the trailer here.

14:40 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Ayushmann Khurrana on why he could give 'Don't care' expression in front of Amitabh Bachchan
14:00 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Making of Amitabh Bachchan's look for Gulabo Sitabo revealed

The makers of Gulabo Sitabo have shared a video of what went behind creating megastar Amitabh Bachchan's look in the upcoming film.

13:30 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Watching myself on big screen with Amitabh Bachchan was a dream: Ayushmann Khurrana

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana in an interview with Rajeev Masand, while promoting Gulabo Sitabo, has shared his disappointment over the film's digital release.

"If I keep my hand on my heart, I would have preferred a theatrical release. because community viewing is a thinjg in our country and I come from that school of thought. I am that guy from Chandigarh, who used to buy film tickets and watch films on the big screen. It gives me a different high and that too with Mr Amitabh Bachchan, the megastar. Watching myself with him on the big screen was a dream. But since the situation is like this, it's the producers' call," Ayushmann said.

12:53 (IST)09 Jun 2020
Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana take Gulabo Sitabo banter off screen

Gulabo Sitabo stars Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana channeled their on screen love-hate realtionship for a promotional video with director Shoojit Sircar.

16:59 (IST)08 Jun 2020
Gulabo Sitabo's Mirza-Banke banter clip out

Gulabo Sitabo production house, Rising Sun Films, today shared on Twitter a 20 second clip from the film, showing banter between Ayushmann Khurrana's Banke and Amitabh Bachchan's Mirza.

14:10 (IST)08 Jun 2020
Didn't want to sit on finished project: Producer Ronnie Lahiri on Gulabo Sitabo's digital release

Gulabo Sitabo producer Ronnie Lahiri spoke to indianexpress.com about how he, director Shoojit Sircar and writer Juhi Chaturvedi finally decided to release the film online. “We chose to release Gulabo Sitabo because our film was ready and there was the matter of finances. And with so much uncertainty looming, we didn’t want to sit on a finished project. Even now we don’t know exactly when cinema halls would open, so we collectively did what seemed right at the time."

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13:32 (IST)08 Jun 2020
Ayushmann Khurrana shares funny clip from Gulabo Sitabo

As Gulabo Sitabo nears release, Ayushmann Khurrana takes to instagram to share a clip of his character Banke's his banter with Amitabh Bachchan's Mirza.

13:03 (IST)08 Jun 2020
Juhi Chaturvedi's friends starred as extras in Gulabo Sitabo

Gulabo Sitabo writer Juhi Chaturvedi today took to Instagram to reveal that her friends from her native place, Lucknow, acted in the Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana starrer.

Sharing a picture of her friends with the film's director, Shoojit Sircar, Juhi wrote, "Waise toh duniya mein har ek insaan ek ‘extra’ hii hai lekin on film sets this ‘extra’ is of great importance. ‘Extras’ come before the crew comes. ‘Extras’ are ready before the actors arrive. ‘Extras’ sit for hours waiting for the shot that sometimes gets cancelled. But having said that, there is NO film without the ‘EXTRAS’ and there are only few directors who recognise the power of this ‘extra’ because it is these ‘extras’ that bring magic to the realism of cinema. And when your friends from the city agree to play those blink and miss roles, it’s even better 😊 Here, a few of my friends as the ‘EXTRAS’ with @shoojitsircar."

 
 
 
 
 
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Waise toh duniya mein har ek insaan ek ‘extra’ hii hai lekin on film sets this ‘extra’ is of great importance. ‘Extras’ come before the crew comes. ‘Extras’ are ready before the actors arrive. ‘Extras’ sit for hours waiting for the shot that sometimes gets cancelled. But having said that, there is NO film without the ‘EXTRAS’ and there are only few directors who recognise the power of this ‘extra’ because it is these ‘extras’ that bring magic to the realism of cinema. And when your friends from the city agree to play those blink and miss roles, it’s even better 😊 Here, a few of my friends as the ‘EXTRAS’ with @shoojitsircar

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12:16 (IST)08 Jun 2020
My conscience is clear, Gulabo Sitabo my original work: Writer Juhi Chaturvedi

Breaking her silence on the plagiarism allegation, Juhi Chaturvedi, in a statement, said, “My conscience is clear and so are the facts in this matter. Gulabo Sitabo is my original work and I am proud of it. I shared the idea with the director and lead actor of the film in early 2017. I subsequently registered the concept note for the film in May 2018. I also must clarify the speculations around my conduct as a jury member for Cinestaan’s contest. I had no access to the so-called infringed script at any point in time, as alleged. This fact has been independently confirmed by Cinestaan as well. Even the SWA, who has looked at this dispute in May, 2020, decided in my favour. I speak now to request the press and public not to be disillusioned by false accusations, which are for publicity only. Acts of harassment, defamatory comments, and leaking confidential notices by the accusers only show their lack of faith in their own case. I stand by my truth.”

Anjum Rajabali, Jury Chairman, Cinestaan Script Contest stated, “It has come to our notice that there are some reports in the mainstream as well as social media about allegations that Juhi Chaturvedi, the screenwriter of the soon-to-be-released film, ‘Gulabo Sitabo’, has plagiarised the script, ’16, Mohandas Lane’, written by late Rajeev Aggarwal. While it is true that ’16, Mohandas Lane’ was submitted to the first edition of the Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest of which Juhi Chaturvedi was one of the jury members, we want to clarify that she had absolutely no access to this particular script.'

Gulabo Sitabo writer Juhi Chaturvedi has dismissed the plagiarism allegations, saying the film is her original work and she is proud of it.