This weekend, it’s time to cool off as Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon give you a much-needed break with their mildly progressive yet refreshingly entertaining live-in shenanigans!
Rating – 3 / 5
After individually breaking ground with some subtle yet intelligent comedies such as Pyaar ka Punchnama and Bareily ki Barfi, the hotties of the hour, Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon bring to you a quirky, laughter-packed, hysterically entertaining live-in adventure!
Set in the town of Mathura, ‘Lukka Chuppi’ revolves around Guddu Shukla, (Kartik Aaryan) a sweet sensible boy-next-door news anchor who falls in love with Rashmi, a smart stunning talented to-be-journalist, who, despite being the daughter of a politician (Vinay Pathak) running a culture preservation party, seems to have her own set of beliefs and opinions. In a time where the whole of Mathura is in full-blown revolt against cases of live-in relationships seen in the news, Rashmi insists on having a live-in relationship with Guddu before the two tie the knot. The couple’s bold and ballsy decision in turn, triggers a cascade of absolutely hilarious events involving the two’s families and friends.
“Yeh baat kahan se aa gayi shaadi ke beech mein?” – “Yeh shaadi ke beech mein nahi, shaadi se pehle aata hai!”
Laxman Utekar’s debut directorial comes with a myriad of oscillating highs and lows. The film offers several moments of effortless stomach-paining comedy scenes, mainly involving the supporting cast. These included a number of situational comedy scenes wherein, even without the use of any witty dialogues or one-liners, the audience just couldn’t stop ROFLing! However, there were also certain parts where the film tries a bit too hard to induce laughter, unsuccessfully resulting in unnecessarily elongated scenes with a touch of boredom.
Kartik Aaryan, as expected, was the life of the party! Needless to say, the man has mastered the art of drama-filled relationships and in spite of being an anti-love hero in his previous projects, Kartik delivers an oh-so-natural performance as a sweet romantic crisis-handling husband. Kriti Sanon, looked gorgeous and fulfilled the role of Rashmi with utmost grace and poise, although, her talent remained quite unexploited throughout the 127 minutes. That being said, the two leads brought on some sizzling chemistry and loads of cuteness on-screen! Much to my dismay, Pankaj Tripathi appeared overworked and exhausted and passed off as borderline annoying in his desperate attempt to generate humour (even his oddball outfits didn’t seem to do the trick!) Vinay Pathak, surprisingly, was a great source of entertainment and Aparshakti Khurana, of course, was greatly enjoyable and a delight to watch as Guddu’s buddy Abbas.
The whole concept of looking into the perks of live-in relationships was, while progressive, not stressed upon enough. Lukka Chuppi failed to dig deep and explore the adventures of a live-in and probably got derailed from its original motive by overloaded family drama and forced jokes, all resulting in an abrupt and preachy ending. And despite having a kickass playlist, the film failed to make strategic use of their top tracks (Coca Cola Tuuuuu…) by drying out the movie and leaving the good stuff for the end credits.
Although it’s no secret that this overall entertaining Maddock Films production comes with its own flaws and drawbacks, it’s unbelievably refreshing humour and Kartik-Kriti’s mind-blowing chemistry definitely demands a watch!
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