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Movie Review: 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' is lip-smacking fun

'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' is a fun watch
By Nikhil Kumar
Fri, Nov 02, 2012 13:16:03 GMT

Movie Review: 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' is lip-smacking fun
The ApunKaChoice movie review of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Director Sameer Sharma gets the recipe of a wry comedy caper just right in his debut outing, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Taking an out-of-the-ordinary story peppered with finely fleshed out characters and a few screwballs, he gives it subdued marination of a love story and shoves it into the boiling pan of drama and commotion, before climaxing it with an amusing seasoning of confessions. A sweet, tangy tale you can’t help smacking your lips at.

The prodigal son Omi (Kunal Kapoor) returns to his Punjab home after being hounded and warned by a gangster in London to whom he owes a lot of money. At home he’s greeted with smiles and hugs by near and dear ones, except his childhood sweetheart Harman (Huma Qureshi) whom he had unceremoniously ditched when he fled his home ten years back to chase London dreams.

Omi pretends to his family that he’s a lawyer in London, but he has an ulterior motive: to winkle out from his old, senile, forgetting grandpa Darji (Vinod Nagpal) the recipe of the dish Chicken Khurana that made their family’s eatery popular all over Punjab once. But Darji spills no beans. On top of it, Omi’s childhood love Harman is set to marry his cousin Jeet (Rahul Bagga).

Add a few quirky characters like an idle, oversexed, crazy Titu Mama (Rajesh Sharma in a terrific form), and a cussing godwoman of a Bua, or a cunning and shrewd Kehar Singh who lusts for the Chicken Khurana recipe even at the cost of a crore bucks, and you have the colourful, masalafied jamboree all set to tickle your ribs and belly.

The humour in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is to be found more in the dialogues and the eccentric characters than the situations. It’s of the potency to leave you smiling but not rolling in the aisles. The first half of the film breezes by smoothly as we are introduced to the characters and particularly likeable is the love-hate equation between Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi. Things do begin to go downhill in the second half, and the film does drag for a while, but director Sameer Sharma pumps in steam in the run-up to the climax which is very finely executed.

Kunal Kapoor adds his own distinct charm to the character of Omi without really going full throttle on humour. He’s droll but not jocose, restrained rather than rumbustious. The fun, in fact, is chipped from the sidelines by Rajesh Sharma playing the coarse and lascivious uncle of the protagonist. Huma Qureshi does well as the tough-to-please vet who still harbours a soft spot for our hero but won’t show it.

Amit Trivedi’s music adds its own tang to all the raillery and banter impressively penned by screenwriter Sumit Batheja. The end result is a fine, watchable, enjoyable film with a right brew of humour, romance, and wackiness.

Rating: ***
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