Off late, showcasing struggling middle class has become fashionable in Bollywood. Eking out life in the crowded bylanes of small town seems oh-so-exotic. While witnessing their small failures and triumphs is so-yesterday ☹…. Yet one thing that unites them all is their will to break societal taboos and embrace modern India.
LUKA CHUPPI is also one more add-on in this Indian-family-drama category. Trying to cash on the wave of middle-path cinema, LUKA CHUPPI tries hard to compete with previous sleeper-hits like BADHAI HO, TANU WEDS MANU or DUM LAGA KE HAISHA. Though it boasts of solid content, execution and treatment lack depth and finesse as if the film is wound up in a hurry before the subject becomes stale or is stolen.
Luka Chuppi: Good Cast, Clean Humor
If at all there is anything to look forward to in LUKA CHUPPI then it is its wonderful cast. Yes, clean humor and complete family entertainment can be its plus points too 😊😊
In a bid to not upset any set-parameters of slice-of-life films, LUKA CHUPPI relies heavily on tried-n-tested formulas. Everything that happens in every sleepy town like Kanpur, Jaunpur or Raipur happens in Mathura too.
Conservative relatives, pesky neighbors, behenjis trying to turn mod, bhaiyyas trying to be the moral police, Chachi 420 trying to be kebab mein haddi, all boxes are ticked but nothing much materializes out of them as such…sad ☹
The theme of living-in with your probable partner may not garner hue-n-cry reactions from society. But doing so in a traditional set-up with strict principles in ethics and morals can surely become a daunting task.
Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) and Reshma (Kriti Sanon) are a couple who have decided to take ‘trial’ with each other before saying the actual I-do. All is going fine till their etc turn super detectives to unravel this dirty little secret. To prevent ‘Mahabharat’ that is about to happen if the real situation is exposed, Guddu and Rashmi decide to act as a married couple when in reality they are technically single. “Ek sindoor or magalsutra hi toh pehnna hai” as per Rashma’s cocky reply.
Subject as such had tremendous potential to turn into a comedy-of-errors with ample scope for humorous situations and dialogues. But somehow we tend to guess all of the topsy-turvy events of those interfering well-wishers and pseudo-torch-bearers of customs and religions. Well, all the right ingredients were used but Biryani just didn’t turn out to be as tasty.
Kartik Aaryan is a rising star of small-budget films and fits into the groove of a small-town cable operator perfectly. He has put in efforts in playing Guddu but does not rise beyond PYAAR KA PANCHNAMA mode.
Kriti Sanon as a fiery and stubborn independent girl of today sound, look and act SAME like Bietty from BAREILLY KI BARFI. She must know that getting stereotyped so early on is a strict no-no.
Pankaj Tripathi, the current staple actor of all content-driven small-budget film, is a savior here too. In company with Aaparshakti Khurana, he creates mini laugh-riots with his straight face comedy.
Vinay Pathak, another underrated actor, has more than perfect comic timing as Rashmi’s extreme-sanskari father.
Rest of the cast is a bunch of familiar faces that you may have seen in every desi-flavored films.
Songs have zero melody factor and are used to flaunt designer clothes and locations.