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

Ayushmann Khurrana is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime Video on June 12.

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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.

Also read: Big B on use of prosthetics and back pain during ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ shoot

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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Gulabo Sitabo
Coming up next is soon-to-be-released Gulabo Sitabo. The film marks Ayushmann’s consecutive fifth film to be shot in UP. 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. The film, which is soon releasing on Amazon Prime Video, brings out the rustic, old-school charm of the city.

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