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Luka Chuppi
Luka Chuppi

LUKA CHUPPI is dumb, but watchable!

While the film believes it has something progressive to offer, all it provides us with is an outdated commentary on modern relationships. However, despite very weak content, it does manage to generate some fun and keep you engaged through its 2-hour-run. Good enough only for your free time, don’t expect anything meaningful!

“Luka Chuppi” is the story of Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) a television reporter in Mathura, who falls in love with a headstrong woman Rashmi (Kriti Sanon). Guddu proposes marriage and Rashmi suggests Live-In. But things get awry when their old-fashioned family members decide to pry into their lives.

So to put it upfront, LUKA CHUPPI is a funny film by Bollywood standards that were prevalent till 2-3 years back. However, with the new age, authentically presented heartland comedies like “BAREILLY KI BARFI” and “STREE” changing the scene for Indian cinema, LUKA CHUPPI seems too farcical and unauthentic. No, it isn’t boring, it’s just improbable and ludicrous. To be honest, I did find fun every now and then, which kept me hooked. But it was more of a guilty pleasure, as the screenplay is stupid, the acting is over-the-top, and the message it delivers is too contrived. It will appeal though, to the mass-oriented centers, owing to its simplistic theme and basic surface-level humor.

The other problem is the lack of novelty. The script is deprived of any original ideas. So much so, that even all the songs in the film are recreated versions of some or the other previously released tracks. I keep going back to films like “BAREILLY KI BARFI” and “STREE”, because these films were also about small towns in India (just like LUKA CHUPPI), but had that believable texture and subtle flavor of non-urban India. LUKA CHUPPI on the other hand is more about broad-strokes and creating humor through choreographed situations.

Not much can be said about the acting either. Kartik Aaryan struggles to emote naturally (as he always does), and Kriti Sanon is hardly given a chance to showcase her talent. You witness sheer waste of talent when you see the supremely talented Pankaj Tripathi being restricted to mere mindless buffoonery. Even Vinay Pathak is wasted in an ill-written inconsequential role. All others are just passable.

To sum up then, I’d say LUKA CHUPPI is merely a guilty pastime for two hours. Its major achievement lies in the fact that it doesn’t bore you. Watch it in your absolutely free time.

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