Director: Laxman Utekar
Duration: Two hours, ten minutes
When local news reporter Guddu sets his eyes upon an intern named Rashmi, he falls in love with her to such an extent that he wants to marry her. Rashmi, on the other hand, wants to give the long-lasting relationship a try before committing. As the couple begins to live-in together, away from the families, situations begin turning against them. Pretending to be married, Guddu and Rashmi do whatever they can to put up with their charade. But how long does it last?
The idea of bringing forth a movie with live-in relationship as its core theme is not new to Bollywood. Saif Ali Khan-Preity Zinta starrer ‘Salaam Namaste’ was the first to experiment with the subject and Yashraj Films tasted moderate success with it way back in 2005. Now, debutant director Laxman Utekar, with a new set of actors, brings us ‘Luka Chuppi’, which is a film based on the tested theme but with a twist.
The story starts in Mathura, the holy North Indian city, which is soon becoming a hotspot for young “love birds”, who secretly go hiding behind bushes to seal their bond of love. Adding fuel to the fire is a popular film star, who has recently stirred the hornet’s nest by confessing his live-in relationship in public. The moral police of the Sanskriti Raksha Manch, led by a local right-wing politician Vishnu Prasad Trivedi (Vinay Pathak) have run riot, thus invoking fear in the minds of the madly-in-love Mathura couples. Here, a local cable TV news reporter Vinod Shukla aka Guddu (Kartik Aaryan), along with his cameraman and best bud Abbas Sheikh (Aparshakti Khurana), is covering this news report live. Hardly does the flamboyant journo realize that the news piece will turn into a reality for him soon.
Amid all the chaos, enters a headstrong and breezy intern Rashmi Trivedi (Kriti Sanon) into the office and Guddu falls for her immediately. Guddu proposes but Rashmi disposes. Guddu wants to marry her but the girl wants to put the relationship to the test first before actually exchanging the sacred vows. So the duo decides to start living-in in Gwalior before actually settling down in holy matrimony. Situations go out of hand when Guddu’s snoopy brother-in-law Babulal (Pankaj Tripathi) gets wind of their relationship. And to find a way out of the mess, Guddu and Rashmi pretend they are a married couple. Both the families want a proper marriage function and that is when all hell breaks loose for Guddu and Rashmi.
‘Luka Chuppi’ is an enjoyable entertainer, with ample doses of laughter, all thanks to talents like Aparshakti Khurana and Pankaj Tripathi. They keep the audiences amused with their perfect comic timing. Kartik Aaryan, too, has become a pro at doing romantic comedies now. He aces the UP lingo well and same goes for his acting skills. Kriti Sanon, on the other hand, does not have enough meat in her role and stands out as a usual in the madcap movie. Though she paints a pretty picture on the big screen, her acting is nothing out of the ordinary. Alka Amin and Vinay Pathak do not miss a beat and are in top form.
Technically, the film fares well. Cinematographer Milind Jog brings out the old world charm of Mathura and Gwalior well on his camera and pleases the eyes. Music-wise the film is not very strong, as it relies heavily on the remix versions of classic, evergreen songs. Editing could have been tightened a bit as some scenes do seem to stretch beyond a limit. Screenplay is fine and so is the writing.
‘Luka Chuppi’ tends to be a bit preachy in places but that does not take away its fun moments. It is a fresh rom-com with all the trappings of a good potboiler. All in all, ‘Luka Chuppi’ is at least a one-time watch.