Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012) *MQ*

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Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor) is a London based wheeler-dealer, who had stolen money as a teenager from his family to escape the dreary life of a small time Punjabi village.Though Omi does not want to go back to the place he ran away from, he is forced to return to his hometown to raise money as he owes some big bucks to a gangster. Omi’s plan is to raise money by hook or crook and the lad has no compunctions about committing a theft once again, if that’s what it takes.

While he is thinking of ways to raise money, he realises that his ailing grandfather’s secret recipe for a dish named ‘Chicken Khurana’ is much sought after by a rival dhaba owner and Omi ropes in his childhood sweetheart Harman (Huma Qureshi) to come up with the perfect ‘Chicken Khurana’ and sell the recipe, though Harman is under the impression that Omi wants to revive his ailing grandpa’s old dhaba.How Omi undergoes a transformation in the process and starts connecting with his family once more is what the rest of the movie deals with…

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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