- 'Gulabo Sitabo' is Ayushmann's first film with Big B
- Ayushmann became a fan of Big B as a kid
- "I would like to thank Shoojit da for this amazing experience," he added
On the day of Gulabo Sitabo's release, Ayushmann Khurrana dedicated a note of gratitude to his co-star Amitabh Bachchan and also director Shoojit Sircar. In his post, Ayushmann wrote about his journey from being an Amitabh Bachchan fan and shooting his first TV project on the same location as that of Big B's song Jumma Chumma to actually working with him. Ayushmann, who couldn't describe his surreal experience of sharing screen space with Mr Bachchan in just a few words, also thanked Shoojit Sircar for casting him as Big B's co-star. Here's what Ayushmann wrote in Hindi, sharing a still from Gulabo Sitabo.
"Jab bhi humare desh mein koi naujawan abhinay ke shetra mein kadam rakhna chahta hai, toh uska dhyaye hota hai Amitabh Bachchan. Meri akhri film mein ek dialogue tha ki 'Bachchan bante nahi hai, Bachchan toh bas hote hai.' Jab maine bachpan mein Chandigarh ke Neemal Cinema mein Hum dekhi thi aur bade se Bachchan ko bade se parde par dekha tha toh sharir mein aise urja huyi jisne mujhe abhineta banne par majboor kar diya. (Whenever a young man steps into the field of acting in our country, his aim is to be like Amitabh Bachchan. There was a dialogue in my last film 'You can't be made a Bachchan, Bachchan is just one.' In my childhood, when I watched Hum at Chandigarh's Neelam Cinema and when I saw the superstar Bachchan on a big screen, I got so energetic that it forced me to become an actor)."
"Mera pehla TV shoot Mukesh Mills mein hua tha aur yehi woh jagah hai jahaan Jumma Chumma shoot hua tha. Uss din mujhe 'I have arrived' wali feeling aa gayi thi. Agar tab yeh haal tha toh aaj aap soch sakte honge main kiss anubhuti se guzar raha hun. (My first TV shoot was in Mukesh Mills and that's the same location where Jumma Chumma was shot. That day, I had that 'I have arrived' sort of feeling. If my condition was that then, I hope you guys can imagine the feeling I am experiencing right now)." Gulabo Sitabo is Ayushmann's first film with the 77-year-old actor.
Ayushmann plays the role of Baankey, aka Sitabo - a young, shrewd, not-so-well off and hot-headed tenant, always at odds with Big B's character Mirza, the titular Sitabo, who is an aged and grumpy landlord. Referring to their never-ending exchanges in the film and their characters, Ayushmann added: "Gulabo Sitabo mein mere samne bataur kalakar yeh hasti khadi thi aur kirdaro ki prabritti aise thi ki hume ek doosre ko bahut 'sehna' padha. Waise asal mein meri kya mazal ki main unke samne kuchh bol payu. Iss vishamyakari anubhav ke liye main Shoojit da ka dhannyavad karna chahunga ke unhone mujhe Amitabh Bachchan jaise mahanayak ke saath ek frame mein dikhaya. Dada, aap mere guru hain. (In Gulabo Sitabo, standing in front of me as a co-star was this person, and the nature of the characters were such that we had to 'tolerate' each other a lot. But in reality, I dare note say anything in front of him. I would like to thank Shoojit da for this amazing experience, that he thought I was worthy of sharing the frame with a megastar like Amitabh Bachchan." Ayushmann's first film Vicky Donor was directed by Shoojit Sircar.
जब भी हमारे देश में कोई नौजवान अभिनय के क्षेत्र में कदम रखना चाहता है तो उसका ध्येय होता है अमिताभ बच्चन। मेरी आख़िरी फ़िल्म में एक dialogue था कि बच्चन बनते नहीं है, बच्चन तो बस होते हैं। जब मैंने बचपन में चंडीगढ़ के नीलम सिनमा में "हम" देखी थी और बढ़े से बच्चन को बढ़े से पर्दे पर देखा था तो शरीर में ऐसी ऊर्जा उत्पन्न हुई जिसने मुझे अभिनेता बनने पर मजबूर कर दिया। मेरा पहला tv शूट मुकेश मिल्ज़ में हुआ था और यही वो जगह थी जहां जुम्मा चुम्मा दे दे शूट हुआ था। उस दिन मुझे I have arrived वाली feeling आ गयी थी। अगर तब यह हाल था तो आज आप सोच सकते होंगे मैं किस अनुभूति से गुज़र रहा होऊँगा। गुलाबो सिताबो में मेरे सामने बतौर 'सह' कलाकार यह हस्ती खड़ी थी और किरदारों की प्रवृति ऐसी थी की हमें एक दूसरे को बहुत 'सहना' पड़ा। वैसे असल में मेरी क्या मजाल की मैं उनके सामने कुछ बोल पाऊँ। इस विसमयकारी अनुभव के लिए मैं शूजित दा का धन्यवाद करना चाहूँगा की उन्होंने मुझे अमिताभ बच्चन जैसे महानायक के साथ एक फ़्रेम में दिखाया है। दादा आप मेरे गुरू हैं, आपका हाथ थाम कर यहाँ तक पहुँचा हूँ। "सौ जन्म क़ुर्बान यह जन्म पाने के लिए, ज़िंदगी ने दिए मौक़े हज़ार हुनर दिखाने के लिए।" -आयुष्मान 🙏🏻 Catch #GiboSiboOnPrime today!
Ahead of the film's release, Mr Bachchan featured in headlines for his response to interviewer, who casually referred to Ayushmann as "a rising star". "Correction, Ayushmann Khurrana, is not a rising star. He is a very risen prominent star, living up to his name Ayushmann, which means long lasting, longeval." In the last two years, Ayushmann Khurrana starred in five films, all of which earned shouts outs from the audience and critics alike. In the last two years, Ayushmann's films such as AndhaDhun, Badhaai Ho, Dream Girl and Bala crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office.
Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan's Gulabo Sitabo had a world premiere on Amazon Prime today. In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee wrote this about Ayushmann and Mr Bachchan's onscreen camaraderie: "Amitabh Bachchan is a hoot and a half as Mirza, a man who is visibly weighed down by time but refuses to renounce the world. Ayushmann Khurrana, too, coaxes the right notes from the feckless Baankey, who hides his inadequacies with a cultivated air of nonchalance. He brings alive a character you cannot but care for."