Rating: 3/5 stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vinod Nagpal, Dolly Ahluwalia, Rajendra Sethi.
What’s Good: The excellent music; the very apt casting and performances; the dialogues.
What’s Bad: The slow pace; parts of the movie are predictable.
Loo Break: None.
Watch or Not?: Watch Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana for some real Punjabi fun, laughs and touching moments.
There’s something that Daarji added to his famous ‘Chicken Khurana’ that made everyone swoon to its taste. And no, it’s not something as clichéd as “pyaar ki chutki”.
Omi (Kunal Kapoor) is scraping the end of the barrel in the UK and is in deep trouble with the loan sharks. Pushed to a corner, the only way he sees out of this mess is to return to his hometown in Punjab, beg/borrow/steal money and get the thug-of-a-moneylender off his back.
If only it were that easy. Omi had left home almost a decade ago after stealing money from his grandfather, Daarji (Vinod Nagpal).But when he’s welcomed back with teary smiles and open arms, Omi cannot bring himself to confess what kind of a life he lives abroad and lies about a luxurious heaven being a lawyer with a mansion, Ferrari etc. His cousin looks up to him, his aunt still adores him but his uncle is suspicious of the lad who ran away with his father’s savings.
Much to Omi’s dismay, his grandfatheronly has a few strands of memory left, his childhood flame Harman (Huma Qureshi) shoots daggers at him every time she sees him, the dhaba has long been left to ruin since the secret ‘Chicken Khurana’ recipe is locked away in his grandfather’s head and there’s uncle Titu (RajendraSethi) living at his home who’s as crazy and colourful as it gets.
Then Omi gets an offer to sell the land the dhaba stands on and the secret recipe to a rival for Rs. 1 crore. A mysterious and helpful crow, and a godwoman (Dolly Ahluwalia) wander in the story and make it all the more delicious from here.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Review: Script Analysis
Sameer Sharma and Sumit Batheja have worked on a very basic script but the delight is in the details. You love every character that comes on screen and the way they all play small but important roles in taking the story forward. Harman and Omi’s uncle’s gradual thawing towards him, the eccentric Titu, the cousin who still looks up to his brother… have been written flawlessly. Even Daarji’s short love story tugs on your heartstrings. Sumit’sdialogues are a extremely delightful!
Where the movie does fall short though, is in the pace. It almost takes one half of the movie for them to finally reach the topic of the ‘Chicken Khurana’ recipe. Though it’s not at all boring or tiring to arrive at it, it does make you impatient.
Luv Shuv Tey ChickenKhurana Review: Star Performances
This is another one of those movies that makes it easier to pick your favourite child than choose your favourite actor. Everyone does so well on screen that makes the casting and performances seem flawless. KunalKapooris good as the lovable rascal. Huma is excellent as his ex-lover, and soon-to-be sister-in-law. Rajendra Sethi is suitably restrained as Omi’s uncle. But it’s Rajesh Sharma who takes the cake as the obnoxious Titu with his callous attitude and wisecracks. Dolly Ahluwalia has a small but nice role as thegodwoman aunt.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
It may not be a great story, but director Sameer Sharma has steered his ship finely. Every time the film could have gone overboard with drama, cliché or tearjerkers, you find Sameer bringing it safely back to course.
The genius Amit Trivedi is once again on top of his game with the music. He doesn’t miss a beat and uses traditional Punjabi folk and modern hip-hop with utter finesse in songs like Kikli Kalerdi and Luni Hasi. Shellee’s lyrics are earthy. The cinematography and editing are good.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Review: The Last Word
It takes a lot to make something as fine and simply enjoyable like Luv ShuvTey Chicken Khurana. Though it takes some time for the flavours to set in and brew, excellent acting and music in the film make it worth the wait.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Trailer
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana released on 2nd November, 2012.
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