Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Review
For long Anurag Kashyap has been associated with gritty and brooding cinema that has had black humour if need be of entertainment. However, now is the time when he tries revamping his image with a savory that he offers to his fans Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Whether this sweet-spicy mix treat manages to win the audiences' heart remains to be seen.
Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor) believes in stash for cash but his attitude doesn't take him far. He easily gets embroiled in a mess courtesy the huge loan of 50, 000pounds from big goons Shenty and Menty in London. The only way out of the mess he is embroiled in is to run back to Punjab, his home town, lay his hands on some moolah and pay off his huge loans.
But his home turf isn't pleased with him either. Having ditched his family business years ago, that of running a dhaba, only to make big bucks in London, Omi had stolen a lot of money, drugged his Daarji (Vinod Nagpal), thrown a sorry note on his then girlfriend Harman's (Huma Qureshi) window and ran off. However, instead of the much expected wrath, Omi is welcomed back with open arms.
Back home, Omi tries fervently to extract the Khurana family's secret, the recipe of the famous 'Chicken Khurana'. The recipe is supposed to be the reason behind the family's once successful dhaba. However, the recipe is stuck in the minds of the now senile daarji who eventually passes away without sharing it with anyone and leaving behind a dhaba that's turned to ruins. Offered a handsome price of 1 crore for the Dhaba only if he brings the recipe of Chicken Khurana, Omi sets off on his quest to unearth the recipe of the popular chicken Khurana.
Filmmaker Sameer Sharma takes a very poetic approach towards this film. For a fairly simple plot, he takes way too long to narrate. While the second half has you in splits and keeps you glued, the first half is all about establishing the characters and the backdrop. As a result, the 2hrs 15mins run time ends up proving tedious to the viewer.
However, if you leave that aside, there's not a flaw for you to mention. Sameer scores an ace as far as the writing of the story is concerned. How a simple thing such as a recipe end up being a thread that holds all the plots together is immensely laudable.
Unlike the many who blindly romanticize Punjab and show the lush green pastures, the rich customs etc Sameer takes a very earthy and realistic approach towards capturing a small town of Punjab. The setting isn't the most pleasing but it surely is most convincing and realistic. Even his characters are a far cry from the happy go lucky Punjabis shown otherwise. They are rugged, uncouth, some crazy, senile, colourful yet warm and lovable.
Although, Huma Qureshi and Kunal Kapoor are the lead pair of the film and also do a decent job in essaying their parts, it's the character actors that take the cake this time and accentuate the humour of the plot. Actors like Vipin Sharma as Kehar Singh, Rajesh Sharma as Titu, Vinod Nagpal as Daarji, Dolly Ahluwalia as Buaji, and Rahul Bagga as Jeet among others portray their characters with utmost earnestly and fit the bill to the T.
Even the dialogues written by Sumit Bhateja deserve a special mention. They are raw and rustic and when mouthed by the ace actors, they end up leaving the audience in splits.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, in short, is delectable feast if you ignore the minor flaws. It has a lot of humour and massive contagious Punjabiyat!
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