Gulabo Sitabo: Ayushmann Khurrana's love affair with India's heartland continues

Updated: Jun 05, 2020, 11:04 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Ayushmann Khurrana born and brought up in Chandigarh, has managed to get the 'UP ka andaaz' in each of his films. Here's a look at a list of his films that were shot in Uttar Pradesh.

Ayushmann Khurrana in Gulabo Sitabo. Picture courtesy/Ayushmann Khurrana's Instagram account
Ayushmann Khurrana in Gulabo Sitabo. Picture courtesy/Ayushmann Khurrana's Instagram account

Ayushmann Khurrana is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime Video on June 12. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the actor will be sharing the screen with Bollywood's legend Amitabh Bachchan for the first time.

Shot in Lucknow, the film is Ayushmann's fifth in line to have been set in the backdrop of India's heartland. The actor, born and brought up in Chandigarh, has managed to get the UP ka andaaz in each of his films. Here's a look at a list of his films that were shot in UP.

Article 15

Article 15
A still from Article 15

Released in 2019, Article 15 was shot in UP's Lucknow - city of Nawabs. Ayushmann plays a Delhi-based IPS officer Ayan Ranjan who is posted to Lalgaon as the ASP. The film is based on the true events of honor killing. The actor had revealed that for one scene, the team had to shoot in a swamp filled with leeches. "Anubhav Sinha hum aapke liye khoon bahane ko tayaar hain," said Ayushmann.

Dream Girl

Dream Girl
Ayushmann Khurrana in Dream Girl

Ayushmann Khurrana was seen acing the Mathura dialect in Dream Girl, in which his character impersonates the female voice that also lands him a job. The actor shot in the patli galis, temples, and the ghats of Mathura. During the shooting, the actor shared many Instagram stories chronicling his Mathura days and anecdotal behind-the-scenes shots. The film gives a beautiful glimpse into the simple and endearing life of a small town.

Bala

Bala
Ayushmann Khurrana in a still from Bala

Ayushmann's satirical comedy Bala was shot not just in one, but two cities of Uttar Pradesh - Lucknow and Kanpur. Ayushmann plays a young Kanpuriya guy Balamukund 'Bala' Shukla who suffers from premature baldness. Shot in the real locations, the film captures the essence of the two cities beautifully. The versatile actor, too, nailed the Kanpuriya accent with ease when he says dialogues like "Itni zor se maarenge ki ek baar tippa kha ke seedhe Phoolbagh pahonchoge!"

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
A still from Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Ayushmann's last release, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (SMZS), tells the story of two people from LGBTQ community who are facing trouble in convincing their families of their relationship. The film was shot in Varanasi. The team shot extensively for a month in the city. SMZS gives small-town parents a much-needed nudge to accept their children for who they are.

Gulabo Sitabo

Coming up next is soon-to-be-released Gulabo Sitabo. The film marks Ayushmann's consecutive fifth film to be shot in Uttar Pradesh. For this film, Ayushmann once again landed in the city of Nawabs. Set in Lucknow, the film sees Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann constantly bickering for a haveli.

Gulabo Sitabo, which is soon releasing on Amazon Prime Video, brings out the rustic, old-school charm of the city. The film is directed by Shoojit Sircar, written by Juhi Chaturvedi and produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar.

Also read: Five iconic Amitabh Bachchan characters that prove that he is the master of disguise

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