|Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana|
|Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vipin Sharma, Vinod Nagpal, Dolly Ahluwalia, Rahul Bagga|
As he comes back, he finds his grandfather Daarji (Vinod Nagpal) on the wheelchair with his memory wiped out. The double tragedy is that the family dhaba’s specialty – a secret recipe to making a chicken dish called Chicken Khurana— was known only to Daarji.
Now the dhaba is in shambles. Though Omi (Kunal Kapoor) has lied to the family about his success in London, he actually owes money to some ruffians. If only Daarji would remember the recipe, the restaurant would be up and running and everyone’s problems would be solved. But will that happen?
This light-hearted, food film is packed with loads of emotions as well. It’s great fun to meet and greet the Khurana family with their big hearts and ready smiles.
Note how someone’s underwear can become a topic of serious family discussion led by the aunt. Or how the family’s regular grump can create an issue over not being asked for tea (even though he’s not a drinker).
Of course, there are some condescending references like the family back home asking how far does Omi live from "Raani ka ghar” (referring to the Buckingham Palace).
The film is unhurried and lets you savor moments rather than just getting on with the story. One could look at it either way. This writer feels it was a strength as it works for a film like this. The conversation flows without quick cuts, and that’s good as the conversations are worth listening. There are scenes that are beautiful like the one where the characters sniff and feel the food ingredients in a night market.
Debut director Sameer Sharma whips up a sweet tale that is as proficient technically, as it is in terms of the story. Amit Trivedi’s trippy music is a delight throughout.
This is one of those rare films where the lead actor is the weakest link, but is ably supported by the actress and the supporting cast. Kunal Kapoor, though earnest and restrained, gives an ‘almost good’ performance. Huma Qureshi has superb screen presence and impresses yet again after Gangs of Wasseypur. Rajesh Sharma as the eccentric family member is often the scene-stealer. And Dolly Ahluwalia is a hoot in her short role.
The title of the film is apt—it’s a delicious mix of love, humour and romance— all folded in a unique story. Go grab a bite!
Rating: Three and a half stars