Movie: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

Director: Sameer Sharma

Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Vinod Nagpal, Rajesh Sharma

Jagran Rating:    (Good)

Story Line: It is probably the first time in Bollywood that a director has dared to come up with such a powerful a film which is based on Indian family food recipes. The story of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, directed by Sameer Sharma, revolves around Punjabi people and spicy Punjabi foods, particularly ‘Chicken Khurana’. Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor) has just returned to his hometown Punjab after being threatened by U.K. gangster (Munish Makhija) to whom he owes a lot of money. Omis family runs a dhaba called ‘Chicken Khurana’ named after its signature dish, whose secret recipe only the family’s patriarch, daarji (Vinod Nagpal) knows.

After returning to his hometown, Omi pretends that he is a well-settled lawyer in London. When Omi returns to Punjab after eons of years, things have changed since the last time he ran away from home as a teenager. On his return, he finds that doting grandfather Darji (Vinod Nagpal) has forgotten the secret recipe of 'Chicken Khurana’, his ex -girlfriend Harman (Huma Qureshi) is engaged to his cousin Jeet and there is a new entrant in the family called Titu Mama (Rajesh Sharma). Omi  doesn’t reveal his actual motive of return and also his plans to find out the secret recipe of the famous chicken dish, Chicken Khurana  and sell it to the rival.

Thumbs up: The mixture of an excellent script combined with brilliant performances make Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana a good watch. Kunal Kapoor manages to portray the lovable Punjabi munda Omi. After an impressive debut in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, Huma gets a meaty role in her second film and gives a fabulous performance. However, Rajesh Sharma who makes the obnoxious yet lovable Titu mama steals the show. Vinod Nagpal makes daarji a hilarious watch. The talented Dolly Ahluwalia who was last seen in ‘Vicky Donor’ as Ayushmann Khurana’s mother  deserves a mention here for giving flesh and blood to the character of dhongi bua.

Music by Amit Trivedi is different and very offbeat. 'Kikli Kalerdi' and 'Luni Hasi' are the best of the lot.
Sumeet Sharma deserves a special mention for maintaining the simple mood and ructic mood of the film. The film is shorn of all glamour — his lead actress (Huma Qureshi) wears plain sweaters and drives a bike clumsily — but that is exactly what makes the film likeable.

Thumbs down: While the story is simple, the plot takes too much time to establish itself. The action of this movie begins at the second half. The script becomes a little sluggish in between. A little more crisper editing could have been done. Too many characters, their stories, flashback scenes, and slow pace mar the film’s credibility. The laughs are there, but somehow lack that punch. Though “Chicken Khurana” isn’t perfectly cooked, it does have the warmth of a typical home-made dish. It will sure tickle your ‘taste buds’.

JPN

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