wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana gives you exactly what is promised in the trailers. A warm Punjabi family, subtle humor, a little romance, a little suspense, and a predictable base plot. Fine performances and some fresh, earthy dialogue keep the momentum and interest in this otherwise plain plot.Read more
The thick Punjabi flavor of Luv Shuv tey Chicken Khurana instantly associates it with films like Khosla ka Ghosla and Vicky Donor. And lo and behold it is brought to us by the people who brought Khosla Ka Ghosla. Other than the name Khurana, the brash yet charming unabashed nature of the characters assures you of some perfectly timed one-liners.
By that association, it feels like a film where you'd spot Abhay Deol or Ayushmann Khurana but it is a pleasant surprise to see Kunal Kapoor here. Hopefully he does justice to the lawyer he plays who is now trying to revive an ancestral restaurant which is dependent on figuring out the recipe of a chicken curry. All this while wooing a doctor who is played by Huma Qureshi, last seen in Gangs of Wasseypur. And there comes the Anurag Kashyap connection again, who is also Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana's producer.
That immediately brings in shudders induced by Aiyyaa which is the last film produced by Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd. And all I can do is cross my fingers hoping that that is not what this one will turn out to be.
Yet, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana looks like an enjoyable film. The ambiance created seems to be perfect dialogue, characters, music all fit in perfectly. Here's hoping that it won't be the run-of-the-mill Punjabi loudness we are served with but it has a special touch that will be remembered beyond those two hours in the theater.
Milliblog - "Amit seems oddly out of his comfort zone here!"
Music Aloud - "8/10"
dunkdaft - "Amit Trivedi...The guy, is unstoppable with his innovations. Just imagine how he recently gave Marathi and Southern spice* and now here he is with Punjabi tadka. And another highlight of this album is lyricist Shellee. Its a fultoo fun ride just because of his words. "
Bollywood Hungama - "2/5"
Bollyspice - "2.5/5"
Happy Sing - "Amit Trivedi is here. Not throughout in his regular colors, but the colors he is wearing are almost all nice. Better than some of his recent works."
- meeta, a part of the audience
From the earth of Punjab come people who are charmingly simple because they are open-hearted and uninhibited. We know this because of the unrepressed dialogue given to these Punjabis. Punjabis who for a change don't shout and are not dressed in loud silks. Yet, you cannot escape the lack of depth in the basic plot. I guess you can't get it all.
You know the protagonist Omi (Kunal Kapoor) is going to end up looking for a secret ingredient in his grandfather's recipe. After seeing the trailers, the main reasons that bring you to the theater are - to find out not what happens but how it happens and to see that 10% deviation from your prediction of what it is going to be. You can't but resist the hope that at least something will be different because of the name Anurag Kashyap associated with it, right?
Unfortunately, you wait and wait for it to happen, but it doesn't come. That small twist or that extra conflict over what has been exposed in the trailer or that 'ah-ha' moment that the film is nicely and lovingly building up towards - but it just doesn't come. It teases you every once in a while with the protagonist, Omi (Kunal Kapoor) considering to behave according to what his character is made out to be, but ultimately, you are only teased. And as with many, many films, the end is a little contrived and convenient.
Fortunately though, warm performances by every member of the cast, the dialogue they are given, Amit Trivedi's music and the rugged, dusty ambiance created are the four strong pillars that Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana stands on. The chemistry between various combinations of characters is charming and the brewing romance has its own flavor of cute. From the twinkle in grandpa's eyes when he first sees Omi after 10 years to the tune the title music breaks into halfway to the dust on the walls of the houses to a lot of things in between - everything works in adding value to the experience of watching a story.
However, a predictable basic plot is a predictable basic plot and can only provide only so much of a firm foundation however strong the pillars. This once, my belief that if the how you get to the end of a story is done well, the what you find there doesn't matter as much has been proven slightly wrong. For whatever Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana has achieved is because of the "how"s going right. If only, a little of this "how" was also about some meat in the story part of the writing.
Also, ever since the missing ingredient is revealed, I had this nagging feeling of having seen this before or read it somewhere. An internet search hasn't brought much to light except that the concept of a missing ingredient/recipe has been looked for umpteen number of times, which we always knew. But the sense of 'tune that haunts you because you can't think of the words' just won't leave me. Hopefully, it'll come soon.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...It’s hard not to leave Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana wondering whether the director, Sameer Sharma, saw Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge as a child, and, unimpressed, vowed that he would one day show the Bollywood establishment how a Punjab-based romance should really be made. And in the process, he’s made the quintessential anti-Bollywood movie, hitting the same notes as a family-friendly crowd-pleaser but underplaying each one.... full review
Thumbs up, by Keyrun Rao, Bollywood Life : ...a scrumptious ride through rural Punjab, with a look at some real people, a taste of Punjabi hospitality and an aftertaste of love, belonging and genuine Punjabi humour!... full review
Thumbs up, by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini : ...And the Gulab Jamun in this Thaali is definitely Huma Qureshi, who blows your mind away with her ‘jabraat’ act as Doctorani Harman, who is being paired with the SUbji but yearns for the chicken.... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Sameer is never in a hurry in telling his story. The same trait is passed on to every character in the plot that move at a languid pace befitting the characters they portray. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Repeated flashbacks contribute little to the film's central premise, and there are too many indulgent distractions, particularly in the first half, that challenge your patience. ... full review
Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...If comedies with a Punjabi flavor (like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!) are your thing, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is worth a watch for sure…... full review
Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...New or lesser know actors like Vipin Sharma as Kehar Singh, Rajesh Sharma as Titu, Vinod Nagpal as Daarji, Dolly Ahluwalia as Buaji, Rahul Bagga as Jeet among others end up giving brilliant performances and turn out to be the mainstay in the film... full review
Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...The story makes our tummies growl too long before a whiff of the real thing. Yes, the cook-time seems a bit much for hungry filmi foodies.... full review
So-So, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...Debutant director Sameer Sharma and his writer Sumit Batheja create their own intense world of sweet sour family drama but take excessive time in reaching the central point of the film. ... full review
So-So, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...LSTCK's best moments revolve around actors Vinod Nagpal (playing the patriarch, Daarji), Rahul Bagga (who plays Omi's cousin, Jeet) and Rajesh Sharma (who plays Titu Mama).... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Kunal Kapoor is a decent actor and out here tries his level best to carryl the film on his shoulders, succeeding fairly with his charm and presence, but at times was a bit thanda too.... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Director Sameer Sharma, writer Sumit Batheja and producer Anurag Kashyap have very effectively showcased a nice romantic film with fine nuances of semi-noir characters.... full review
So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Call it a certain oomph, call it the X factor. Call it the knockout uppercut. LSTCK is a screenwriting guru’s dream script. Establishment, conflict, three acts, character’s choices, resolutions are all lined up in a manner that you see them coming from a mile away. ... full review
So-So, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...But once you have met them, it is a rather long wait for us till the hero learns a lesson that Kung Fu Panda learnt about the “secret ingredient”.... full review
_niteshgarg: Forget bond, better go for Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana... good music and hilarious one liners
womkerr: Such a heart-warmer. My review of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana --- http://womkerroncinema.blogspot.in/2012/11/finger-licking-good.html
vkrgautam: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' is delicious. :)
Vishaka_jaju: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana!!:-P Do watch d Khurana Love ;-)
virmani: Dinner at Kabana was a perfect prelude to 'Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana'! Delicious food followed by a hilarious movie! #bollywood
varunjhangiani: luv shuv tey chicken khurana is hilarious...finally liked something associated with the Kashyap...
Ullas_Sharma: Haan haan ,luv shuv tey chicken khurana ,must wtch specially punjabi bhailog .. Good one,chicken pampers you throughout !
tweetRadhika: Simply loved luv shuv te chicken khurana.. a yum recipe garnished wid lovely music! :)
TDhami: Luv shuv Te chicken khurana is hilarious!
siddhu_75: A two movie day for 1st time since 1998..Sons of Rama's is nice w kids; Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is brilliant with anybody
ShaukeenMijaaz: luv shuv tey chicken khurana - nice entertainer
SHANBHAGSATHYA: Watched "Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana" yesterday. A simple movie, good screenplay and good music. @ankash1009 #Bollywood
shagufta147: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana - lipsmacking good!
Sethumadhavan: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana-delicious slice of life film which keeps you engaged all the way
schayanriaz: everyone go and watch 'luv shuv tey chicken khurana'. rajesh sharma is hilarious! #lstck
sank4LpR: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - DON'T MISS IT. DON'T BE A FOOL !!
salilshankar: "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" is pretty good! :)
rucheesharma: Luv shuv te chicken khurana.. Not even a single dull moment. Great movie!
Robahit: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - A dish served with simplicity,humour n Punjabi tarka..must watch movie @ankash1009
Rjkartik: Although I'm pure Vegetarian, but loved Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana !! a Simple flick :) :) @humasqureshi @kapoorkkunal Rockssss !!
Ravirao31: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana. Brilliant!!
rajantina: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana such an adorable and funny movie. good watch.
PrerakVyas: Luv shuv te chicken khurana....yummmmmmmyyyyy
pramod012: last nyt watched Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, its really a nimbu masala type movie.. fabulous.. ;) #Harman #LSTCK @humasqureshi
prajay_naik: Luv shuv te chicken khurana reminds me of khosla ka ghosla...so cute...so innocent story of a family !!! watch it for its simplicity #LSTCK
paraskochhar: 'Luv shuv te Chicken Khurana' - Light entertaining movie.Lesson Learnt , There is NO substitute for 'simplicity and love' ...Contd
Padhy02: Luv Shuv tey Chicken Khurana - a must watch. Very nice family entertainer.
older_budweiser: Big thumbs up to 'Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana'! #ilike
nshankar22: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Delightful. And what was @humasqureshi doing till now? Some raw talent she is.
NotThatMP: Do watch 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana', good breezy fun!
neocspro: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana is a lovely, sweet film with an amazing sense of humour and a lot of heart !!
msrambakas: No matter how you feel about chicken, you will love 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana'.
mithun54: "LUV SHUV TEY CHICKEN KHURANA"....awesome movie with some nice performances.. :-)
mitesh784: Its not luv shuv tey chicken khurana but it should be luv shuv tey Mrs. Crow Khurana.. Totally loved each and every actor. @ankash1009
Mediapippl: tadka saade punjab da....Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana,watch out for Titu,Daarji,Bua ji,Omi,Harma,Chachi ji,Gansgter &...Dadi Ji
mallikaa723: Loved luv shuv tey chicken khurana! Wonderful film that made me so hungry! @humasqureshi
Main_Sharabi: Excellent movie, Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana! Totally recommended. #MustWatch
MaiKhelega: Mast movie yaar ...Luv Shuv tey chicken KHURANA! :D Recommended for all Punjabis!:)
LazyBone_007: Loved Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana!
Kashyapkapoor20: Luv Shuv tey Chicken Khurana!! Brilliant ...A must Watch & If You Are Punjabi watch it as soon as possible!!
KasarAditya: luv shuv tey chicken khurana a nice movie :)
kapilshivarkar: Chicken Khurana was much more entertaining than Skyfall..sadly the theatre was not even half filled for Luv Shuv te Chicken Khurana
JunioRKANTH: Watched Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana today! No wrods for Rajesh Sharma, amazing film! #MyReview #LSTCK #Bollywood
JEETCHATT: Must watch movie luv shuv tey chicken khurana
jaavedjaaferi: Mere TWEETIYO..Please watch LUV SHUV TE CHICKEN KHURANA..A thoroughly entertaining, classy & feel food..er..Feel Good film which shld b seen
iushe12: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana-BRILLIANT! @ankash1009 amazing movie, a must watch for every punjabi! Will watch it again for sure!
ItsTee_G: Luv shuv tey Chicken Khurana ! FULL ON paisa vasool ! :P
ishitadave: Luv shuv te chicken khurana.. Well made receipe
iSahilShah: Can I just say this.. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a crazy movie! What twisters and laughs! Go watch it!!!!!! LOVED it!! :D <3<3
iManniaa: ahhh yumiie as expected luv shuv te chicken khurana tasted fantastic big congo to @kapoorkkunal @humasqureshi #bakwasnakartittoo #hit
iamnarendranath: Anurag Kashyap is one of best Visionary Filmmaker in India who understands Soceity very well. # Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
iamjuths: Heartwarming, fun, lovable weekend movie. Chicken Khurana for the Soul, I say! Read my review: http://www.minority-review.com/luv-shuv-tey-chicken-khurana-when-your-dreams-are-not-always-your-destination
iamankit_A: Watched "Luv shuv tey chicken khurana" it's nice thanks for ref @iHrithik
HumaQureshiFans: Do watch it! :D RT @aamir_khan: I'm hearing a lot about this new film 'Luv shuv tey chicken khurana' Kiran says its fab! Whats the buzz?
Hasan_Naeem_HK: "Luv shuv tey chicken khurana" nice movie
HarshdeepKaur: LOVED Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. We laughed we cried and missed Delhi Food!!! Must watch movie hai.
hardik_3191: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana was fun watch. Nice, Light-Hearted, Feel Good Movie. Huma U r the Rocksssss :)
GuruJagatGuru: luv shuv tey chicken khurana HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
guptaharsh06: Bakwas na kar Titu !!! Luv Shuv te Chicken Khurana!!! Crazzy movie!! http://twitter.com/guptaharsh06/status/264630523559813120/photo/1
Gee_Dublew: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana...unpretentious, earthy, complete entertainer!
freinds1: Ya its fab RT @aamir_khan: I'm hearing a lot about this new film 'Luv shuv tey chicken khurana' Kiran says its fab! Whats the buzz?
eshaoberoi: Saw Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana with @humasqureshi. Amazing direction and super performances. Harman & Titu were my fav!
dipaah: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - A hilarious 2nd half! Love Rajesh Sharma's character & Amit Trivedi's music! Kunal Kapoor's lost touch.
devraghuwanshi_: 'Luv shuv tey chicken khurana' really reminds me the chemistry of 'Khosla ka Ghosla'. A #MustWatch movie.
choprashruti: A Proud Punjabi becomes prouder. The Perks of being one is the awesomeness that is Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Perfect. @ankash1009
chiragadatia: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - what a movie man ! It is simply too good !!
blahssome: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana was a fun watch. Nice, light-hearted, feel good movie.
bhaskar3112: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana.... Punjabi overdose, but good fun.
Bakwas_BandKarr: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana .....................1000 times better then SOTY, Ek Tha Tiger and Rowdy Rathore !!
avinashtikujgd: luv shuv te chicken khurana ...brilliant timing of dialogues, Worth a watch,kunal kapoor grt come back..anurag kashyap best director ever.
ashitweety: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana-3.5 starS, well done
answerguy: "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" #GoWatch
AnkitaS_: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana, sounds like something has gone totally wrong yet delicious. Lol
AnkietChauhan: Watched 'Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana' today. Fantastic movie!! :)
AngryPanjaabi: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana.. Awesome recipe of an Authentic Humor From Villages of Punjab.. Tadka maar k !!
Anandwell: Luv shuv te chicken khurana over all good experience :)
akshaykanitkar: Didn't laughed so much before! Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a riot. Thank You @kapoorkkunal @humasqureshi @ankash1009 for such a delight
adiupadhyay: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a superb movie. Must watch. Kunal Kapoor is the only downer.
abhijeet_roy: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana: Fun movie- with all the Punjabiyat and Huma Qureshi its worth every penny
Abhicrw: LUV SHUV TEY CHICKEN KHURANA ......Mjjjeeedar movi....Dil to Chicken chicken go gya ray.....
7pallavi: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - was an absolute surprise! Hilarious defines it best. Well done Anurag Kashyap!
viveklectic: Watched Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Strictly average. 2.5 out of 5.
Tutejajoginder: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - Strictly average. Didn't really work. Story kya hai boss? Yes, Kunal, Rajesh, Huma are good. Rating: **1/2
tarunpai: Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana - 6/10 .. All 6 to titu mama .. Otherwise a one time watch .. not engrossing enough
Shaluc: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is definitely food for the soul.... but not quite as delicious as Salt N' Pepper.
sash1490: I really need to watch luv shuv te chicken Khurana. Too many people raving about it.
ruchi_lol: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana has been watched! Hmmm! Okay okay...! Few nuances are good though!
phizzical: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana not as great as the advert but significantly better than #Aiyaa
NeelanshuSaran: Watched Luv shuv tey chicken khurana ... 3/5 ... A few scenes were nice... Nice music ... Titu and harman( @humasqureshi ) were awesome..
Navjotalive: In other news. Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana passed the Mom Test. She loved it but was upset as she felt it could have been tighter. #MeriMaa
mpmainka: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana was strictly ok.
mayankdhingra: As expected Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana wasn't up to the mark
malvikask: Luv, shuv tey chicken khurana: not bad 3 stars
devils_disciple: Saw Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana. Good acting by everyone, but the story makes no sense. You can watch it for fun!
vasavi293: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana-waste of time!
VarunJethwani: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana. Why do I watch such movies. -_-
swatigovind: ok so Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana completely missed expectations :-(
SidheshKaul: Bollywood movie Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana disappoints. The DevD team has fallen from grace.
shriti93: I wish luv shuv tey chicken khurana was a bit more about chicken dish and the rivalry between the two dhabas :P
NisargZaveri: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana, what a waste of movie, nearly it's over 10 years , I slept in any theatre during the movie, #completewaste
kunalchhoker: Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana, avoidable movie BUT adorable title track, in love with it :)
kishalay: Luv shuv te chicken khurana can be avoided, slapstick, sometimes ludicrous, watchable in bits but there will always be an audience for it
kathyfgibson: "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" gets storytelling protocol all wrong. My Access Bollywood review: http://accessbollywood.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/movie-review-luv-shuv-tey-chicken-khurana-2012/
jainapoorv: "@ishitadave: Luv shuv te chicken khurana.. Well made receipe" boring.. No story at all.. I slept for 2.5 hours in the three hour movie...
Harsh__m: Luv shuv tey chicken khurana is like maggi without maggi masaala. Bland.
harsh_shah_94: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana was another disappointment.
DabanngBoy: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana & 1920 Evil Returns are both Chutiyapa Movies..Its Sad Celebs are giving positive reviews just for Goodwill :-(
chaosparticle: Avoid luv shuv tey chicken khurana while you can. The only time I laughed was when the damn thing ended.
addict2techHB: Luv shuv te chicken khurana...pls dnt waste ur time n money..
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