The last two movies I watched before Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana(LSTCK) were both serious movies revolving around harsh reality( Chakravyuh) or just slam bang action(Skyfall). So when I sat in the theatre today to watch LSTCK the only thing which I was expecting from the movie that it should atleast prove to be a definitive stress-buster to me. Coming from the Anurag Kashyap camp it did show a lot of promise in its promos. With the punjabi flavour which has been over-used in the recent past in movies like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Yamla Pagla Deewana etc LSTCK had quite a burden on itself to stand out on its own.
Lights, Camera, Action. Welcome to Punjab; moreover welcome to the world of Khuranas. The biggest of issues are discussed with minimal ease and the smallest of issues(like a wet underwear) holds the highest priority. Omi Khurana(Kunal Kapoor) who had fled from village after stealing money from his house returns only to find out that the famous Chicken Khurana which was made in his grandfather’s dhaba is no longer prepared as his grandfather who was the only one who knew the recipe has turned forgetful and has almost lost his memory. This leaves Omi stranded as he needs money in quick time to return back to UK to solve his problem. Add another complication to the story. Omi’s childhood sweetheart Harman(Huma Qureshi) is about to get married to his cousin and neither of them seem interested in the relation. To spice up the story is Tito Mama(Rajesh Sharma) who looks at things in his own freeloading terms and a drug smoking saint Dolly Ahluwalia. What follows next is absolute madness!
Kunal Kapoor stands tall with a competent performance. Sometimes playing the sensitive munda and sometimes khotte da puttar. Huma Qureshi continues her brilliance from GOW series as Dr.Harman who yearns for Omi. Her scenes with Kunal are simply astounding, sply the bandage scene. My star performer of the movie is Tito Mama played by Rajesh Sharma. Wearing his pajamas and soiled shirt and carrying a broken radio, he is absolutely lovable. Rest of cast Vinod Nagpal who plays grandfather and rest of the family members also pitch in good performances. Special mention needs to be given to the absolutely hilarious dialogues like “Jab man mandir ban jaata hai toh ghanti jaroor bajni hai”. Debutante director Sameer Sharma handles the off-beat crazy subject like a pro and brings out an absolute winner. If only the movie had been cut down by 20 minutes it would have had even more impact. LSTCK is an absolute entertainer to the core with holistic entertainment.
Watch Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana!! Highly recommended for those who simply love Punjab-da life and ishtyle!