Movie Review: Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana

Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Quereshi, Rajesh Sharma

Direction: Sameer Khanna

Rating: 2.5

Luv Shuv Chciken Khurana is simple, somewhat interesting, and a bit humorous.  The film has a sluggish start but picks up slowly, especially after the intermission. It is by no means a great piece, however, makes a worthwhile watch if you are just looking for light-hearted fun.

The movie is produced by veteran director, and now a producer, Anurag Kashyap. His first film as a producer was ‘Aiyyaa’’ which released not so long ago. Generally known for making serious films, this film is an open declaration that he wouldn’t restrict himself to making movies only on serious issues or those with dark sides. He seems quite ready to experiment on new themes.

Omi, Played by Kunal Kapoor, lives in London; however, has to return to his native home in Punjab due to threats from a gangster to whom he owes quite some money. Back home, he finds himself an ailing grandfather who is bound to a wheelchair. The family restaurant is closed as his grandfather can’t cook the famous ‘’chicken Khurana’’ which has a secret recipe. His childhood girlfriend Harman (Huma Qureshi) is about to marry his cousin brother who, (found out later), is already married with a kid to a Bengali girl.

Due to constant threats from the gangster who chases him down to India as well and his grandfather’s death, Omi readies himself to sell the family dhaba to a rival. However, he finally doesn’t not do that, and decides to run the Dhaba himself.

The movie is very slow at the beginning almost till the intermission only after which it picks up and shows some signs of revival. Yet, the movie has a lot of dull moments and seems overstretched. A story that could have been wound up in just 90 minutes has been stretched to two and half hours. Debutant director Sameer Sharma just doesn’t get the right mix of Punjabi humor and melodrama right. A little more spice would have done wonders to the movie.

The chemistry between Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi is good. The hilarious act by Rajesh Sharma as freeloader Titto mama is a lovable add-on to the cast.

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