Director: Sameer Sharma
Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma
b! Says: ****1/2
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a must try!
‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ is a foodie’s delight, but it’s a treat for more than just your tummy. Viewers will enjoy watching the main story unfold, but just as exciting are all the other secrets waiting to be discovered, apart from just the recipe of Chicken Khurana.
Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor), who fled to London ten years ago from Lalton village in Punjab, finds himself in a tight situation and owing a ton of money to a gangster called Shanty (Manish Makhija). He’s forced to return to India to arrange for funds and realises that things aren’t quite as he left them. The family’s once-successful dhabha is now shuttered, since his grandfather can’t remember the secret ingredient to the famous Chicken Khurana recipe. Omi is forced to deal with the sins of his past, his family that includes a doting chachi, loving brother, upset chacha and mentally disturbed mama, and a heartbroken ex-girlfriend, Harman (Huma Qureshi).
Debutant director Sameer Sharma’s film is entertaining, and is definitely a must watch for folks who liked movies like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ and ‘Vicky Donor’. The feel is authentic with craact (correct) Punjabi accents, ramshackle houses, charpoys in the veranda, red chillies and papad drying on the terrace and makkhan parathas on the burner, but the look doesn’t overshadow the story.
Kunal Kapoor as Omi is very good, bringing the right quantity of aloofness to his character. He couldn’t have had a better comeback after a long sabbatical from films. Huma Qureshi as the Punjabi kudi gets full marks. She shows confidence and lights up the screen with her performance. Another character that hits bullseye is Rajesh Sharma as Titu Mama. His witty one-liners and effortless performance wins our hearts. Getting the maximum laughs, he steals the show in a household full of interesting characters. Visually, ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ is also the kind of movie that makes you hungry. You feel bad about nursing only a humble tub of popcorn as shots of mouth watering parathas, tadke wali-lassi and jalebis pepper the proceedings.
‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ serves up more than just a piping hot meal. A must try, even for vegetarians!