Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon, Vinay Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana
Luka Chuppi is directed by Laxman Utekar set in Mathura where Guddu Shukla (Kartik Aaryan), the anchor of a local cable channel, proposes Rashmi (Kriti Sanon), the daughter of a local politician Trivediji (Vinay Pathak). But she rejects his proposal, not because she is commitment-phobic but she wants to indulge in a 'live-in-relationship' to test their compatibility, before marriage.
So both start living in together Gwalior, posing as a married couple with the help of their friend Abbas (Aparshakti Kurana).
How they survive in their relationship and how their families get involved in all this, forms the crux of the tale.
Though the narrative is not that strong still the writing and is very predictable still the film has its moments of fun and thrill, with situational and slap-stick comedy.
The dialogues are colloquial, witty and laced with the right amount of funniness that is relatable. What keeps you glued to the screen, are the unfaltering performances by the abled cast in well-etched characters.
While Kartik as Guddu is charismatic and Kriti as Rashmi is charming, their on-screen chemistry is perfunctory, nevertheless, they bring the right amount of energy and realism to their characters, playing their roles with convivial ease and flourish.
The pair is ably supported by a plethora of actors, who are impressive and true to the characters they portray.
Leading the pack is Pankaj Tripathi as Guddu's sister-in-law's brother Babulal. Dressed in outlandish outfits and with superb comic timing, he is a laugh riot on screen. Accompanying him in sparkling the light moments is the actor playing Guddu's older brother Vikas.
On the directorial front, some scenes were not astutely crafted, especially the prologue, the denouement and the scenes with the nosy neighbour in Gwalior. They made the film appear amateurish and lazily mounted. The sermonising at the end too appears forced.
The matter-of-fact lensing by Milind Jog too does not elevate the cinematic experience. His frames capture the decent production values that highlight its moderate mise-en-scene in a very televisual manner.
Overall, despite its shortcomings, "Luka Chuppi" is a feel-good entertainer.