The much awaited film Luka Chuppi, starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, just released and I had been waiting to watch this one since the trailer released. The plot of this romantic comedy was revealed in the trailer, but I thought that the movie would live up to my expectations because of the talented star cast. Even with brilliant actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana and Vinay Pathak, the film failed to keep the aunty sitting next to me… AWAKE! Directed by Laxman Utekar, the movie is the trailer stretched into a 2 hours and 6 minutes saga. It was so predictable that the only thing I was looking forward to was… the next song.
Set in Mathura, Luka Chuppi is the story of Guddu Shukla, the star of a Mathura cable news channel, and Rashmi Trivedi, an intern at the news channel who has a degree in Journalism. Guddu’s life takes a dramatic turn when Rashmi refuses to accept his proposal and suggests that they live in before taking the leap of faith. Rashmi’s father, Vishnu Trivedi played by Vinay Pathak, is the head of Sanskriti Raksha Manch. His goons attack and harass young “unmarried” couples because living together before tying the knot is against “Indian culture”. Amidst all this chaos; Guddu’s friend and cameraman Abbas, played by Aparshakti Khurana, suggests that they can live together in Gwalior, as they had to be there for almost a month to cover a story.
Dodging the guardians of “Indian sanskriti”, the protagonists start living together pretending to be a married couple. The movie tried hard to talk about “live in relationships”, but failed to portray what it actually entails. Writer Rohan Ghuge, conveniently put a beauty filter over live in relationships. The nosy neighbour cliche and dialogues like pati ho ya na ho, cable tv hona bohot zaruri hai… are brought back to life.
This is followed by tons of drama when Guddu’s family misunderstands the whole situation and thinks that the couple eloped to get married. Rashmi’s Goon father is left with no option but to accept his daughter’s marriage. The movie does make you laugh when Guddu’s unmarried elder brother Vikas, played by Himanshu Kohli, is upset about his younger brother getting married before him.
The couple tries to get married, but after many failed attempts they have to confess the truth to their families. Guddu finally stands up to his father-in-law and calls him out on his outdated version of “sanskriti”. Only if he had taken the stand 60 minutes sooner, everybody in the theatre would have been happier and awake. With dialogues like “Yeh dharam nahi hai, mudda hai chunaav ke liye”, he makes Rashmi’s father realise that the youth vote bank wants a leader with fresh ideologies. Convinced with Guddu’s dialoguebaazi, Rashmi’s asshole father, who won’t even shake hands with a muslim guy, won’t let her wife show her face in public, miraculously changes in the climax. His convictions, his life long held beliefs, suddenly go choomantar!
The movie does make you laugh at times, specially when Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurana are in a scene, but a few jokes does not make up for the lousy writing. The makers failed to use the amazing actors to their full potential. Pankaj’s character is a man who can’t keep it in his pants and he’s also dressed as a clown. I fail to understand how that’s supposed to be funny. Well, if he had funny dialogues, then sure!
The music was good. It was a great idea to stick with hit songs and remix them, because we don’t need more shit songs like “ek baar baby selfish hoke, apne liye jiyo na…”. The loud background music throughout the movie, however, was more annoying than the men in labour pain at my gym.
I won’t rate the movie, but if you’re thinking that this small-town-romantic-comedy is anything like Bareilly Ki Barfi or Stree, it’s a trying-too-hard-to-be-in-the-same-genre movie. If you want to watch the movie, play the trailer again… and again… FOR FREE!