Cast: Karthik Aryan, Kriti Sanon, Aparshakti Khurana, Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak
Director: Laxman Utekar
A young couple from the Hindi heartland, Mathura, opt for a live-in relationship before they decide to plunge into holy matrimony. Hailing from traditional households, the lovers know that this decision won’t be acceptable to their parents. The ‘Luka Chuppi’ (hide-and-seek) that follows with their family and the society in general makes for a fun ride peppered with some laugh-out-loud moments.
Guddu (Karthik Aryan) is a television reporter with a local channel. When Rashmi (Kriti Sanon), a politician’s daughter, decides to intern with him, he is smitten at first sight. Rashmi’s father, played brilliantly by Vinay Pathak, has decided that his campaign plank for the upcoming elections will be to oppose live-in relationships. With such complications in store, Guddu and Rashmi’s love story is sure meant to be a bumpy ride.
While it’s fun to watch Guddu and Rashmi negotiate through the muddle, it is the other interesting characters who make their journey thoroughly amusing.
Aparshakti Khurana plays Guddu’s best friend, Abbas. His expressions at times are priceless, especially when he is in the crossfire and has to come-up with spontaneous responses even when caught unawares. It is also interesting to see how right-wing politicians react when they discover that he is a Muslim and “not one of them”.
Pankaj Tripathi as Babulal is another quirky character. In his pursuit to settle a score with Guddu, he’s always up to some mischief hoping to catch our hero on the wrong foot.
Vinay Pathak as the conservative patriarch but also a loving father is a pleasure to watch on screen. He can be menacing as a politician one moment and indulgent as a father the next.
Guddu’s family members are delightful with their own quirks. They try to be accepting of their son’s bold choices but find it difficult to understand him.
‘Luka Chuppi’ is a breezy romance that makes some pertinent points about contemporary politics. It is also interesting how this small-town couple wants to be ‘bold’ in their life choices, but are also inherently traditional and not okay with lying to their parents. It is as if there is a constant tug-of-war between where they come from and what they want to be.
While I found the chemistry to be a little amiss between Karthik and Kriti, I loved the fun ride they took us on. ‘Luka Chuppi’ is definitely worth a watch.