Despite a shaky start, the Kartik Aaryan-Kriti Sanon comic caper does entertain
‘Luka Chuppi’ directed by Laxman Utekar aims to look at how a certain section of India which is yet to embrace modernity has to come to terms with the status of live-in relationships. He tries to tell the story through his principle characters Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) and Rashmi (Kriti Sanon). Does he succeed? Let’s analyse.
Set in Mathura, politicians and moral custodians of the society are hunting down young lovers who wish to foster lasting relationships without necessarily formalizing them into marriages. Repression turns into rebellion when Guddu, a prolific local reporter and Rashmi, a young intern decide to enter into a live-in relationship. They shift base to Gwalior but eventually get caught by nosy neighbours and eventually their families, and hell breaks loose.
Having given away enough of the plot in the trailer itself, the proceedings of the film could’ve been paced faster. Infact, it’s one of the rare instances where the film suffers from a boring first half. Editor Manish Pradhan could’ve used the power of scissors and easily cut down the film by half an hour. But the second half packs in the punches and timing, primarily by a great supporting cast including actors Aparshakti Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi, Atul Srivastava, Vinay Pathak and Alka Amin. Infact, its to the credit of these actors that ‘Luka Chuppi’ salvages itself from falling flat. Writer Rohan Shankar also seizes the opportunity to strike a few dialogues about religious bigotry and how millennial lifestyles are held back by oppressional mindsets through humour. It is novel as an idea but when executed, viewers are likely to draw the comparisons with ‘Stree’. Utekar’s direction is raw and requires more seasoning, which we hope he would deliver with time.
The performances by Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon are easy-going and delightful to suit the small-town milieu. Kartik might just become the darling of the masses with this film, and Kriti adds a nice extension to her character from ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’. We just hope she doesn’t get typecast as the small-town girl, while trying to break away from the glamorous image. Like I mentioned earlier, the supporting cast is the saving grace of the film.
Hence, if you really enjoy watching Aparshakti Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak, do book your tickets. They will definitely guarantee you the laughs.