Shomini SenMany a times, Hindi films start with immense potential to be a classic film with its first shot. Those films have an engaging first half but soon lag behind and tend to drag in the second half making film viewing a bit cumbersome at times. But that is not the case with Sameer Sharma’s ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’. In fact, it is the opposite.
After an impressive debut in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, Huma gets a meaty role in her second film and gives a fabulous performance. Quershi plays the angry, hurt-in-love Harman perfectly - a stark contrast from her flamboyant Mohsina act in GOW. But the star of the film is a lesser known actor called Rajesh Sharma. After featuring in significant roles in ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’, Rajesh makes the obnoxious Titu mama a lovable character. He gets the best dialogues in the film and manages to shine beautifully throughout the film. A special mention for the casting director for getting veteran actor Vinod Nagpal and popular Udham Singh aka Manish Makhija on board to play important characters in the film- they simply make the movie enjoyable. Vinod Nagpal makes daarji a hilarious and dare- I-say ‘cute’ character who serenades a crow thinking it is his dead wife and runs to his dhaba in the state of dementia at every given opportunity. The talented, funny Dolly Ahluwalia (last seen in ‘Vicky Donor’ as Ayushmann Khurana’s mother) gives her midas touch as the dhongi bua in a superb cameo in the film as well. It has got all the right ingredients- the mustard fields, the happy-go-lucky Punjabis, the tractors, the quirky bizzare characters, the brazen yet lovable hero, a brewing love story,superb music by Amit Trivedi, and in spite of these ingredients the films isn’t ‘cooked’ well. Somewhere, some ingredient is missing. Watch it for the super talented cast as they manage to give a spicy tadka to an otherwise bland film.
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