Director: Laxman Utekar
Starring: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Aparshakti Khurana, Pankaj Tripathi & Vinay Pathak
Written by: Rohan Shankar
LUKA CHUPPI is based on the concept of live in relationships in India, which is set in a small town in Uttar Pradesh where living in relationships are still considered as somewhat a Taboo. The film starts with superstar Nazim Khan (Abhinav Shukla) getting into a controversy for being in a live in relationship and he was unapologetic about it. People come out in protest against this, of which one such organization is Rashtriya Sanskriti Manch in Mathura and it is led by Vishnu Trivedi (Vinay Pathak). He has a daughter Rashmi who has joined a local news channel after completing her media studies in Delhi. Here she bumps into Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) and they both fall in love. After a fight with his elder brother Vikas (Himanshu Kohli) and brother in law Babulal (Pankaj Tripathi) he decides to tie the knot. So then he proposes to Rashmi, who tells him she doesn’t want to marry so soon and insists on being in a live-in relationship first, which makes Guddu freak out. But his friend Abbas (Aparshakti Khurana) gives him an idea to live in when they go for a 20 day assignment to Gwalior, where no one knows them. But in order to get the flat on rent they had to pretend to be a married couple, to such extent that Rashmi has to go out wearing Mangalsutra and Sindoor. But one day Babulal catches them getting cozy in public; assuming they are married he tells his family and they all end up at their place in Gwalior. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
LUKA CHUPPI is a funny take on modern relationships. The film is a situational comedy and it’s established from the start. The characters are well written and most importantly they are relatable and that along with a relatable story topped with funny elements makes for a complete package especially for the youth of the country. This makes for a proper clean rom-com that makes for a proper family entertainer.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Milind Jog is decent. Editing by Manish Pradhan is good. The script is well written and has all the required elements and also makes a social comment. The music of the film is good. The background score is good and it adds well to the scenes and makes them light hearted. The production design is decent.
Performances from the actors are great. Kartik Aaryan seems to be in a great form. He plays his role efficiently. Kriti Sanon as a strong headed woman does well. She along with Kartik shine in a few scenes. Aparshakti Khurana does well. Pankaj Tripathi is dependable and manages to make you laugh. Vinay Pathak plays his role with great conviction. The rest of the cast offer able support.
As a debutante, director Laxman Utekar does well, though there was a scope for improvement. He has handled the story that addresses a taboo topic well and has managed to get good performances from his actors.
At the box-office
The film has taken a solid start and can get a great overall number. The movie has the full potential surely keep its investors more than happy.