Review: Food. It’s beyond the borders of states, cultures and hearts. Living in secular India, the one thing that unites us all is our love for food – especially maa ke haath ka khana. A film on food is like hitting the nail on the head. It will be gobbled up instantly by cinema-goers. Sameer Sharma, in his directorial debut brings Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana sans any glamour or a huge star cast to boast of; yet all the actors do their bit superbly. Set in a rustic Punjabi village, this is a simple story of a close-knit family who seeks redemption for their personal quirks, one way or another. The family’s dhaba is defunct. The trade secret recipe of Chicken Khurana, so popular that generations together raved about it, is lost & the family must collectively figure it out.
The heir-apparent to the dhaba, Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor), is on the run from some goons in the UK and returns for refuge to his native pindh, which he’d left a decade ago after robbing his doting grandfather. At home, there are complaining yet suffocatingly caring family members, his senile grandfather and his scorned ex-girl friend, Harman (Huma Qureshi). Rajesh Sharma who plays Titu Mama wins hands-down at being the best and quirky fake mad-man.
The bright yellow mustard fields of Punjab add to the raw yet picturesque beauty of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Kudos to the team that previously brought us different cinema such as Dev. D and Khosla Ka Ghosla for creating a rather low-budget yet smart and heart-warming film. Once you discover what the ‘secret recipe’ of Chicken Khurana is, it will all become worthwhile. Besides, if you cook at home, you may want to try it out too. Of course, this is only a suggestion for I take no responsibility for the effect. The true flavor of Punjab – lap it up!
Verdict: Quirkiness at it’s best. This is bare-ass Punjabi, straight out of the fields.
Cast & Crew: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma
Director: Sameer Sharma
Music: Amit Trivedi
Length: 2 hrs 15 mins