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Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana team up for Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo

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The film marks the first collaboration between Bachchan and Khurrana in a Sircar film. 

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Shoojit Sircar has worked with Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana in two cult favourites, Piku (2015) and Vicky Donor (2012) respectively. Now, he brings both actors together in his quirkily titled comedy, Gulabo Sitabo, that is due to release this November. 

Set in Lucknow, the film is written by Juhi Chaturvedi. Produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar, Gulabo Sitabo looks to be another social comedy that is a forte of Sircar.

Speaking on getting together the two actors, director Shoojit Sircar says, “[Juhi and I] have been working on this script for quite some time...and as we all know when Juhi comes up with a story it has her trademark quirk in it. As soon as I read it I was extremely excited and shared it with Ronnie, my dear friend and producer, and to both Mr. Bachchan and Ayushman at the same time."

"I thought it would take some time to develop and proceed but everyone, including the duo, were so enthusiastic to do this script, that they figured their dates and here we are, planning to release it this year! After Piku and Vicky Donor, I had been wanting to work with Mr. Bachchan and Ayushman on an equally quirky script, so this fell perfectly in place," the filmmaker continued.

"Speaking on the title, the story is based in Lucknow, and Gulabo Sitabo is a fun colloquial metaphor used by the locals...as to its connect to the story, wait and watch the film to know more," he added.

In 2018, Chaturvedi had told Cinestaan.com in an interview that she creates scripts based on regions that she is familiar with, and understands the nuances of. The upcoming comedy is set in Lucknow, where Chaturvedi spent her childhood. 

Bachchan was also part of Sircar's recent music video single, Maa, released on the occasion of Mother's Day earlier this week. The veteran actor also starred in Sircar-produced courtroom drama, Pink (2016), with Taapsee Pannu.

Gulabo Sitabo is the latest announcement from Sircar who is also working on the biopic of the freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh, with Vicky Kaushal in the lead.