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What is the real story behind Gulabo Sitabo?

Gulabo Sitabo characters have been brought alive by Shoojit Sircar in his directorial venture ‘Gulabo Sitabo.’ Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana as main leads, the movie promises to bring the much-needed entertainment factor during quarantine blues.

Slated for direct to digital release on Prime Video on June 12, the makers released its trailer yesterday. Gulabo Sitabo trailer takes you to the world of landlord Mirza and his tenant Banke leaving you enchanted. Within 2 minutes you are sapped into their Lucknowi charm.

Check out the trailer yourself

But do you know the origin, the idea which gave birth to the characters of #GiboSiboOnPrime?

Gulabo Sitabo is the name of puppets from Lucknow. Gulabo Sitabo, a pair of glove puppets, has been the brainchild of Ram Niranjan Lal Srivastava from the Kayastha family in Pratapgarh. While working in the Agricultural Institute in Prayagraj, Ram Niranjan learned the art of puppetry. We all know that puppetry has long been forgotten due to the invasion of video games.

Gulabo Sitabo had come into existence in the sixties as quibbling sisters-in-law. Through his puppet shows, Ram Niranjan conveyed messages around contemporary social evils. His tradition was taken forward by his nephew Alakh Narain Srivastava. Till today, his puppets take the center stage during RamLeela days.

Now coming to the original story of Gulabo Sitabo conceived by Ram Niranjan – the protagonists are two squabbling women. The lady of the house is Sitabo who plays a long-suffering, hard-working wife.

On the other hand the mistress role is enacted by Gulabo. Their banter adds spice to the show and through this medium the creator conveys his messages. They take the form of songs articulately stuffed with harsh humor and coarse jokes.

As of now it cannot be confirmed whether the movie plot has some connection with the Gulabo Sitabo puppet show. But Alakh Narain is hopeful that “mere the title has evoked so much interest in the puppets and we can hope for a massive revival of the art”.

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