It was around the same time last year that Kartik Aaryan, out of nowhere, delivered a blockbuster Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. Its super success suddenly made him much sought-after for a slew of romantic comedies that he has been signed on for, first being Luka Chuppi. Kriti Sanon, after numerous masala entertainers, showcased her acting chops in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Does the fresh pair take forward what they achieved with their last film? Read on:
Living-in is a crime in Mathura after an actor with the Khan surname admits to staying with his girlfriend before marriage. While members of the Sanskriti Raksha Manch headed by Shukla ji (Vinay Pathak) vandalise his posters and blacken his face on them, Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) is a reporter who covers the fury at Khan and the ‘menace’ of a live-in relationship. Shuklaji’s daughter Rashmi (Kriti Sanon) joins Guddu’s news channel for internship and they fall in love. Guddu wants to get married before his elder brother at any cost and proposes to Rashmi. She isn’t keen to accept his ring without knowing him well and suggests living in together. Since the fear of Sanskriti Raksha Manch is spread across, they have no option but to disguise as a married couple in Gwalior to get accommodation for 20 days.
Luka Chuppi is the story of a couple who decide to live-in at a time when it’s a sin to do so in their town. Like the saying goes, 'One lie leads to another', the duo are forced to make false statements one after another to save themselves. Doubt about their living-in starts from a suspecting neighbour who is keen to foil their plan. While the couple tackle her somehow, things take an interesting turn when Guddu’s family members get to know about their ‘marriage.’
Luka Chuppi delivers laughs galore. The true hero of the movie is its brilliant writing. From an interesting plot filled with twists and turns to witty dialogues from star to end, this comedy gives us the laughter medicine throughout its running time of 126 minutes.
As far as performances are concerned, Kartik does a fine job again, though his dialogue delivery looks odd when he says something aloud. If you don’t get distracted by how gorgeous Kriti is looking, you’ll see she is good in the acting department too. The chemistry of the lead pair in romantic scenes and their comic timing are perfect.
The supporting cast is amazing in the way they literally supported the lead pair. ‘Stree’ duo Aparshakti Khurrana and Pankaj Tripathi carry forward their act from the horror comedy brilliantly and justify their acts in some hilarious scenes. Vinay Pathak and each and every member of the cast are equally good.
Locations of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are captured well. Music, which interestingly features all recreated songs, is apt for the situations. Kudos to director Laxman Utekar for bringing on screen Rohan Shankar’s well-written script beautifully.
Overall, Luka Chuppi is among the most entertaining comedies in recent times that will take you on a laughter ride.
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Aparshakti Khurrana, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak
What works: Performances, dialogues, funny situations
What doesn’t: Rushed romance, Rashmi’s (Kriti) ‘guilt’, ‘easy’ climax