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Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo moves to 17 April, Anubhav Sinha's Thappad to arrive on 28 February 2020

Sircar's film was originally scheduled for a 24 April release, after which it was moved up to 28 February 2020. Sinha's film was due to be released on 6 March in time for International Women's Day.

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Shoojit Sircar’s next, the comedy Gulabo Sitabo (2020) is moving back to April 2020 for its release. The film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana will now release on 17 April 2020. Meanwhile, Anubhav Sinha's Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu is taking up the spot vacated by Sircar's film. Thappad was originally due to be released on 6 March before International Women's Day two days later.

Thappad's star Pannu made the official announcement. The film, written by Ritesh Shah, is said to be dealing with issues affecting women. Pannu and Sinha previously worked together on Mulk (2018) where she played a lawyer.

In October, Gulabo Sitabo's makers announced the film would arrive early on 28 February 2020. Now it seems the reason for the film’s delay is likely because of co-star Khurrana’s other big film of 2020, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan, which is due to be released on 21 February 2020. With only a week between the two films, it seems wiser that they have shifted the date back to April 2020.

Written by Juhi Chaturvedi, Gulabo Sitabo, set in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, deals with a grumpy landlord and his young tenant. Bachchan has acquired a new look for the film to play the angry old man.