The much-awaited romantic comedy, directed by Laxman Utekar and produced by Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films, which stars Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the lead, will finally hit theatres.
Ever since the trailer dropped on the web, fans have been buzzing about the scintillating on-screen chemistry between Kartik and Kriti. The songs are a huge hit in the mass and class both the audience sections.
Luka Chuppi” doesn’t mind bending the rules of the rom-com genre as long the tilt doesn’t make the script look cross-eyed and waylaid.
A sense of madcap adventure is constantly projected into the narrative without losing grip over the grammar of growing giggles. Luka Chuppi” doesn’t try too hard to generate humor. It doesn’t always make us laugh. But it never fails to amuse, as Guddu and Rashmi, two Mathura-based TV journalists, get hitched, fall in love and decide to give ‘live-in’ a chance before settling in permanently.
Egged on by his best friend/sidekick Abbas (Aparshakti Khurrana — bang-on with his deadpan expressions) the couple decides to give live-in a try. The adventures thereafter are not as smooth as, say “Badhaai Ho” where middle-class mores were projected with unflinching accuracy. “Luka Chuppi” sometimes goes awry in its search for satire but is not the least fearful of stumbling.
In breaking the wall that separates love and sex in Hindi commercial cinema and in showing the lead couple with healthy hormonal instincts “Luka Chuppi” raises hopes for the Bollywood comedy where kissing is still seen as the big deal, and audiences are actually said to count the number of timeslips lock on screen.
Come to think of it, there are no kisses between Kartik Aryan and Kriti Sanon in this film. And yet they communicate a warm easygoing alliance that comes not from singing songs together but from recognizing your life partner for what she is.
Luka Chuppi” is a comedy with an underlying layer of dark satire and a social statement on moral policing and communal biases in small towns. Director Laxman Utekar who has done the lucid cinematography in Gauri Shinde’s “English Vinglish” and “Dear Zindagi”, has a keen eye for smalltown quirks.
In short Luka, Chuppi is a laugh riot which can be enjoyed with friends and dear ones.