Movie Review: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012)
One plate Chicken Khurana coming up. Everyone’s welcome to dig in. Pure vegetarians, hard-core non-veggies and others. Because, this dish is more a slice of life, than a chicken drumstick, really. So bite into it (with a pinch of salt, of course). A decade after fleeing to the Punjus’ very own phoren land, UK, Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor) returns home to Lalton village, Punjab, only for selfish reasons.
A UK gangster wants his ‘pound’ of flesh (Omi owes him big moolah) and the only way to ‘chicken’ out of this mess is to run home to the rest of the Khuranas (he ‘makes no bones’ about being a good-for-nothing, loser). His homecoming is met with mixed reactions, while some are overwhelmed, like cousin Jeet (Rahul Bagga) and maa-like-chachi, the rest like the curious chachu and bhooka Titu Mama (Rajesh Sharma) don’t break into a bhangra routine immediately.The head-of-the-house, Daarji (Vinod Nagpal), has lost his memory, and with it the family has lost its biggest secret – his trademark Chicken Khurana recipe, which was the hottest item on their dhaba menu. Everyone remembers the taste, but no one has cracked the secret ingredient. Hungry for more, read on.
Omi’s plan to swindle money off his family goes kaput, and in the meanwhile luv-shuv steams with doctorani Harman (Huma Qureshi), and with zero culinary skills he’s on a new mission to rediscover the lost recipe, reopen the family dhaba, and reawaken his other senses (of love and life). A lot of interesting characters blend into this mix: a half-crack Mama (Rajesh Sharma) who lives to eat ‘Chicken Khurana’ once again, Jeet who’s spineless and confused, Daarji who believes that a kala kaua is his long-gone dead wife, and the as-holy-as-hep, buaji (Dolly Ahluwalia)who preaches and ‘pots’ with as much gusto.