The story is quirky and upbeat – Luka Chupi – Movie Review
The story starts with a sparky topic of live-in relationships which is still a taboo in our society. What happens is that a popular actor Nazim Khan reveals his live-in relationship on the news and that’s when the whole issue and propaganda of the live-in relationship started. It became a national issue in Mathura. Further, in the story, the reporter Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) and his associate Rashmi (Kriti Sanon) fall in love with each other. The first half is jam-packed with some sequences that are not quite appealing but yes the one-liners and the dialogue delivery of Kartik Aaryan is falling flat as a pancake. Kartik Aaryan is a huge misfit at places despite the fact his one-liners were fantastic. Also, I would like to mention that the ace actor Pankaj Tripathi was not used at his best in the movie. Kriti Sanon looks gorgeous but doesn’t get anything to recur the magic she displayed in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Pankaj’s presence makes some scenes manageable but an actor of stature, doing this – it’s just deplorable.
Directed by debutant Laxman Utekar and produced by Dinesh Vijan, the film will hit the screens on March 1, 2019. It also features actors Aparshakti Khurana, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak in key roles. For me, Luka Chuppi’ is a situational comedy from the word go and it also has a strong point to put about live-in relationships. According to t me, the way it has been portrayed was good enough as this is a serious topic in Indian societies. What starts as a news story for a local reporter Guddu, turns into his own love story with hilarious complications. But peddling along are a host of other societal issues like misogyny, gender inequality, caste bias and moral policing that are tackled in a funny and harmless way. Though, there is barely a dull moment in the film that never takes itself too extremely. As a debutante, director Laxman Utekar does a superb job of giving us a bunch of idiosyncratic letterings in rare situations. Starting with the film’s hero Kartik Aaryan, who looks way too refined for his small-town character, but along the way, you soon start rooting for him. Whether he is casing a story or running for cover himself – Kartik exudes an engaging charm that is relatable.
My ratings: 3.5/5
Overall, ‘Luka Chuppi’ is an amusing ride that never gets too preachy or scratchy for the family audience. It’s a spotless entertainer with a message that’s not too loud, but clear, for sure.