Kartik Aryan, Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana, Vinay Pathak, Alka Amin and others
Kartik Aryan and Kriti Sanon have both been much talked about over the last couple of years, their cute bromance and romance films have been sleeper hits, putting these two right into the chart toppers’ list despite their outsider-status. With expectations that I lacked in Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety and Bareilly Ki Barfi, I more than made up for it with this Luka Chuppi…
Mathura’s Guddu (Kartik Aryan) is a regular guy trying to make a living away from his family. He is a news channel reporter. His cub is the lissom and lithe, Rashmi (Kriti Sanon) Very quickly, they are in love and he believes the next step forward should not be delayed, he assumes the only thing expected of him is to propose marriage. Instead, after much deliberation, on Guddu’s part and major conviction on Rashmi’s part – they enter a live-in relationship. What should have been the beginning of love, romance turns out to become the beginning of chaos and madness, soon involving their family and even extended families. Given Rashmi herself comes from an Orthodox family, through her, the director has tried to put myriad social angles but kept the tone light.
Throughout the film, you see Guddu pretty much always in the company of Rashmi, both looking perfect from hair to shoes, not fitting into the ambience around them at all. There is a swag, which Kartik Aryan tends to sport from time to time. You see that prominently in the film which shows his confidence is getting better, but the more he turns the swag on, the further is goes from his character. The confused, worried Guddu cannot possible always have a gelled messed up hair-do, and a hook in his eyebrows look! While he will certainly have the girls swooning like he always does with his “frustrated guy” dialogues and easy charm, he needed to have put a wee-bit more effort romancing Kriti.
The film could have been pegged as a new age version of Sai Paranjpe’s romances where everything was little khatta and meetha, except the chemistry between two leads is neither Khatta, nor meetha.
Throughout the film, Kartik and Kriti are busy trying to get their own act sorted, their calculations are so vivid that you can see the wheels turning in their minds even while the camera is rolling. Despite their shortcomings the film has some rather cute moments, used hilariously by Laxman Utekar. It would have done him a world of difference if the film would have come out a year ago, pre films like Bareilly Ki Barfi, Meri Pyaari Bindu, Stree and so on… We have all already seen these lighter, cuter side of the small town in 70mm… so much so that the characters and situations in Luka Chuppi somehow gave a sense of déjà vu, despite Utekar’s best efforts.
Though Vinay Pathak is really excellent in the film, coveted actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khuranna appear to be churning out an extension of their roles in their previous releases. With songs that are mostly remixes, one cannot help but feel Luka Chuppi is a borrowed affair, though not completely boring.