Luka Chuppi: Romantic Situational comedy with a social message & political touch

By Stuti sardana

( 2.5 / 5 Stars )
Director- LaxmanUtekar
Producer- Maddock Films, Jio Cinema
Cast- Kartik Aryan, KritiSanon, AparshaktiKhurana, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak
Run Time- 126minutes, Language- Hindi
Music- Sanjeev- TanishkBagchi, Abhijit Vaghani
Release Date-1st March 2019

Guddu (Kartik Aryan) and Rashmi (KritiSanon) meet and fall in love when she’s interning at a news channel owned by Abbas (AparshaktiKhurana) in Mathura where he is the star reporter. The trio scours Mathura doing a sort of survey to understand what people largely feel about the divisive topic of live-in relationships. Meanwhile love blossoms between them and Gudduproposes marriage, but she thinks they should live together to test their compatibility before taking the wows.

It is left to Abbas to find a way for the young lovers to find a sanctuary outside the confines of a small-town. They head to Gwalior on the pretext of conducting a journalism project and take an apartment, without telling their families. In a daring attempt to try living-in together before settling down for marriage,  even as their small town in North India is up in the arms against live-in relationships. We also meet Film actor Nazeem Khan (Abhinav Shukla) who becomes the enemy number one of the SanskritiRakshaManch.  The protests led by the girl’s own father Vishnu Trivedi (Vinay Pathak), who is a local right-wing party leader. The thorn in Guddu’s flesh is his psycho relative Babulal (Pankaj Tripathi) who finds their love nest and brings the entire family there.Confusion and chaos begins when both of their traditional families assume them to be married and start living with them.

Luka Chuppi is a situational comedy, and the situation in question is live-in relationships. The lovestory of two local reporters turns into hilarious complications. But peddling along are a host of other societal issues like misogyny, gender inequality, caste bias and moral policing that are tackled in a funny and harmless way. If the first half only attempts to give that lived-in feeling that such small-town social dramas thrive on, after the interval there are a few of those shining moments, with the trio of AparshaktiKhurana, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak responsible for most. The first half has funny moments that end in an unpredictable twist. The second half too, is marked by quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. But at some point, the humour becomes repetitive too. However, there is hardly a dull moment in the film that never takes itself too seriously.

Kartik exudes an endearing charm that is relatable. With all her prettiness, Kriti portrays the character of a girl-next-door without being over-the-top. The film has a positive message but it takes its own sweet time coming in frame. The scenarios are apt with current social & political situations, and raise questions to their righteousness.

Special Notes

  • Societal issues, with political colors brings humor with satire
  • Two popular songs (Coca Cola & Poster) are thrown in at the end during credits, which are fun to watch & listen