TopYaps Rating: 2.5/5
Revolving around the hot subject of live-in relationships, Luka Chhuppi enters cinemas today. The audience was waiting for the movie for two reasons. First, its trailer had received stupendous response from everyone. Secondly, it is going to be the first film of Kartik Aaryan after he delivered a smash hit in the form of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018). So let’s find out whether or not Luka Chhuppi meets your expectations.
What’s the story?
Guddu Shukla (Kartik Aaryan) is the star reporter of a city-based news channel called Mathura Live, who falls in love with local politician Trivediji’s (Vinay Pathak) Delhi-returned daughter Rashmi Trivedi who has just joined his channel as an intern. When Guddu proposes Rashmi for marriage, she seems unsure of a commitment like marriage, thereby suggesting to try a live-in relationship before tying the knot. But little did they know that things would not go as planned. What follows later is a roller coaster ride.
What will you love?
The concept the makers chose is good. We all know live-in relationships are quite common nowadays, especially in metros, but no one talks about them candidly. The makers have presented a breezy film revolving around the said topic without getting preachy at any point, and that is the best thing about it.
Besides its likable concept, Luka Chuppi has some brilliant performances as well, especially from Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon and none other than Pankaj Tripathi who plays a lecher running after married women in the town. After Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Kartik has once again delivered a performance that is going to be liked by one and all.
Kriti looks very natural as Rashmi and pulls off her character quite effortlessly. The actress gets a strong part to play and she nails it. Pankaj Tripathi turns out to be the scene stealer more often than now. He fills the entire film with loads of humor that leaves you in stitches.
Aparshakti Khurana also shines as Guddu’s best friend Abbas. Vinay Pathak as the local politician is decent and so is the rest of the supporting cast.
Where it lets down?
Though the makers had a good concept in hand, they fail to make the most of it. The story of the film lacks steam which could have made it a memorable watch. Writing by Rohan Shankar is weak and needed to be more refined in order to hold your attention throughout.
The film marks the directorial debut of Laxman Utekar. Though Utekar has cinematographed many memorable Hindi films in the past and has even directed a few Marathi movies, he just fails to give his brand-new product the proper finish it needed to shine brighter.
Editing is slapdash. The first half of the movie is edited properly, but it lacks a fun quotient. The second one is a bit stretched, but it has all the humor you were looking for. Talking about music, it is just okay. If we keep remixed tracks aside, there is nothing great in the entire soundtrack that soothes your earbuds.
In spite of various flaws, Luka Chuppi does qualify to be a good family entertainer. Enter theatres with your expectations on the lower side, you will definitely come out smiling if not laughing your guts out.
Banner: Maddock Films, Jio Cinema
Director: Laxman Utekar
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana
Music: Various Artists
Runtime: 126 Minutes