Luka Chuppi (Hindi) Review & Rating
Luka Chuppi Review: Shuddh Ghee Romantic Comedy Not To Be Missed
Luka Chuppi has been in the news for all the right reasons in the lead up of its release with its promise of a high on fun romantic comedy. With two of the highly talented young actors in the business playing the lead roles, the sky is the limit for the possibilities. The Laxman Utekar’s directorial is at once modern and non-pretending of its purpose. A seriously hilarious ride.
Light-hearted romantic comedies have been coming out often these days from the Bollywood filmmakers and fortunately, most of them are clicking due to their innovative narratives. Here the USP of Lula Chuppi is not just the Sanskari live-in relationship but also how such a serious story is interwoven with humour which is mostly based on the personalities of its lead pair of Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon.
Vinod Shukla aka Guddu is your average youngster with a strictly middle-class background working in a local cable TV. Like everyone who posts jokes about being left alone by friends who have girlfriends and being lonely and single, he too wants to enjoy love life without any success. At the other end of the spectrum is Rashmi Trivedi. Her father is a locally known politico with Bollywood’s right-wing ideology. But she is modern in her outlook and is well read (read: she has seen a wider world).
Guddu is limited in his resources and world view which is obvious for a relatively submissive sweet young man living with an extended family. He’s not narrow minded mind you. Now that we have established our protagonists, you get an idea of what happens when these two guys collide. It’s love at Nth sight for Guddu and he even decides directly to propose to Rashmi in the most cinematic way possible (influence! influence!). By kneeling down and offering the girl a ring.
But she says: hey! Hey! Hey! What’s all this Bhaiya. OMG! He’s not even friendzoned. To his horror, brother-zoned. Perplexed, he tells her that he is proposing to her. Her expression makes him feel chastised. And when finally she relents to let him stand beside her, the time comes for the rudest shock of his life. She suggests they try live-in relationship before moving further with their binding. What follows with trade families in Mathura form the rest of the story.
Kartik Aaryan is adorable as the lead man in this film. His ruthless innocence makes us root for him and his performance is subtle this time than the over the top delivering in his previous films. He is charming all right! It is his infective sweetness is what makes the film a joy ride. The dialogue delivery, histrionics, confused body language, and chemistry with not just the heroine but also with two other actors adds immense value to the film.
The only problem with him is he doesn’t look like a small town guy. But he overcame this with his performance. Kriti Sanon is equally good as a girl with a sort of post-modern outlook about human relationships. Especially, those that affect her life. She wants to work and earn on her own. She has seen a wider world and in turn, has an open mindset.
Despite her family’s condition, she rose above the challenging atmosphere with her unflinching but understated grit. A call out to all the young ladies out there. She is an urbane looking actress and thankfully the writers spun her character around her in such a way that her deficiencies are hidden well and her strengths maximised.
Aparshakti Khurrana is on a roll in his previous film Stree which despite its horror elements is a similar story of progressive romance. He as Abbas, the trusty lieutenant of Guddu is an asset. His poker face and on the point dialogues make him a treat.
It is his chemistry with Kartik Aaryan that gives the film enough strength in the funny scenes. Another man who played a major role in this film who has a Stree connection is Pankaj Tripathi. He is stand out performer in Luka Chuppi with his obviously loud comedy as the script demands. What an actor he is.
Atul Srivastava as Shuklaji (read: hero’s father) is all right. Vinay Pathak as Trivedi ji, the right-leaning father of Rashmi is hilariously menacing and adds a bit of intrigue to an otherwise lighter vein and fun narration. The boy who played the role of know-all kid who knows the secret of our protagonists that they hadn’t in reality married is another show stealer. Beware. You may break a couple of your ribs in the scenes her appears laughing like hell.
Writing and direction
Rohan Shankar’s writing is at once modern and limiting. Is it because of a male’s point of view in creating a strong woman’s role or is it by design, Rashmi’s role in the second half feels stagnated without further development. He could have taken the help of excellent women writers for capturing the female soul in working out on Rashmi’s character. It’d have given a lot more completeness. But this is not to say men shouldn’t write stories about female protagonists.
To the contrary, a trio of Malayali screenwriters distilled the essence of womanhood and how young women behave and think in the recently released Malayalam movie June. Their writing was so good that we can pass their script as for the musings of a teenage girl in reality. James Cameron is an evergreen example for a macho writer known for creating believable female characters from their own perspective. And tough as nuts mind you.
Otherwise, the writing is free-flowing and brilliant. The humour is innovative and refreshing. The setpieces are top notch. The dialogues are simply brilliant. The screenplay is engaging despite some repetitive scenes in the second half. The interval point is pure genius in making the audience avowed and wanting more.
The direction of Laxman Utekar is slick. He succeeded in bringing out the right expressions and in conjuring up the right atmosphere for the story. The way he presented the world of Guddu and Rashmi is more than a decent effort for a debutant.
The music of the film is not that good, unfortunately. It feels derivative for the most part. Thankfully, a couple of songs are kept for the ending of the film and that helped in the smoothness of the narration. Expectedly Coca Cola and Poster Lagwa Do are catchy numbers. The background score is brilliant though. The usage of Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun song when the hero is leaving home for his adventurous love-in relationship is pure genius.
The cinematography captured the small town charm well. The frames are neat and nothing is overdone. The editing is crisp. The production design is top-notch so are the production values. The movie is rich in visuals and content. The locations are authentic.
Luka Chuppi may not be a once in a generation sort of romantic comedy. But it’s a well-packaged entertainer which high in romance and humour as promised. Except for this reviewer’s nitpicking (we want the best cinema, no?) about the character dynamics of the heroine in the second half after all the buildup, there isn’t anything to get disappointed in this film. No dull scenes and the charming lead pair is enough to make you follow their fates through to the end. The rest is a bonus. A good choice for the weekend fun time. Don’t miss it.
- The lead pair
- Aparshati Khurana and Pankaj Tripathi duo
- The situational comedy
- Hilarious setpieces for a saparivar live-in relationship
- Terrific dialogues
- The heroine's role in the second half could have been written better
Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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A fun romantic comedy to enjoy the weekend with friends
What is Luka Chuppi About?
Luka Chuppi is as it's advertised, a film about live-in-relationship... Saparivaar. Our hero Vinod Guddu Shukla is in the search of his soulmate or so he thinks. It's the season of weddings. Virat Anushka got married. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone got married. Priyanka Chopra became Priyanka Chopra Jonas. But why is he still singal? Wonders our hero.
Then he goes and proposes to the girl he feels he could shower his love forever. When he is about to propose her, in a hilariously orchestrated scene, our heroine says: bhaiya what are you doing? Thus starts the modern love story of Guddu and Rashmi. Pestered by Guddu, Rashmi comes up with the idea of a live-in relationship. But unexpectedly, to their horror, they have to live-in Saparivaar as the elders from both families... inter-fear.
Two of the hottest talents in business, Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon who proved themselves to be adept at generating humor effortlessly paired up for the first time and their chemistry is already lucrative from what little we have seen in the promos and trailers. Produced by Dinesh Vijan post the success of iconic horror comedy, Luka Chuppi is an interesting romantic comedy with rib-tickling setpieces.
Luka Chuppi Promises
More romance and more humor
Luka Chuppi is a quintessential romantic comedy. If anything to go by the trailer, the movie has the potential to become India's answer to My Sassy Girl. No, this film is not of the same subgenre. But there are similarities. A submissive hero, his search for love after being snubbed multiple times, a dominating heroine with a modern outlook. That's all. Rest all has enough of Desi flavor.
Luka Chuppi has several hilarious setpieces as we have seen in the trailer. And it is evident that everything has the potential to work out big time in the film. There are films that discussed live-in relationships but here it is told through the setting of somewhat traditional families and in a romantic comedy format. It is the clash of the personalities as it should be in romantic comedies than the clash of persons.
The Jodi of Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon
Anyone who has seen Bareilly Ki Barfi couldn't forget the charm and ease Kriti Sanon oozed on the screen. It was a romantic comedy with a lot of ... confusion. Now, it is the same here. But with more of family interference and the unexpected harakiri, the lead pair has to go through.
Kartik Aaryan who is fresh of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is superb even in the glimpses we have of him in the trailers and promos of Luka Chuppi. The young lead pair of Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon are sure to sparkle on the big screen. For a romantic comedy to work out, the lead pair chemistry is of supreme importance and with this base covered, Luka Chuppi's job is already half done.
Dinesh Vijan and his team
Dinesh Vijan proved himself to be a maker with a great taste. His films are varied in content and have tasted a high success rate. With his backing, we can expect the director Laxman Utekar to spin a web of box office magic. And with all the talented cast like Aparshakti Khurana, ever-dependable Pankaj Tripathi, Atul Srivastava, and Vinay Pathak, the acting department is confidence-inducing.
The music of the film also struck a chord with the audience. Milind Jog's cinematography looks colorful and has some peppy visuals. There could be no doubt about the production scale with Dinesh Vijan on the driver's seat. So, Luka Chuppi appears to be a solid choice this weekend to forget out daily rut and have some fun.
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