Verdict - A slice of life film which makes you recall Khosla ka Ghosla, and Do dooni chaar. This is a must, must watch this Diwali.
'Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana' is delicious, wholesome, rich Punjabi fare. It is mouth wateringly spicy, prepared on such a smooth, oily premise that your insides will burp with joy.
And it's a full Maharaja sized Thaali, mind you. All the vegetables, lentils and spices are freshly sourced from the best acting schools across the country, and cooked on a simmering flame by an excellent Director. And of course, the kitchen is Anurag Kashyap's production house, which is known to serve delectable food, Friday after Friday (with only one hiccup yet - Aiyya).
Let's start with the staple - The Dal Subzi, or Omi's immediate family. His Chacha Khurana, Chachi Khurana and cousin Jeet Khurana. These play their part in the diet perfectly - providing support and supplementing the main dish, but never overpowering it. Understated and elegant.
And the main dish, the Chicken/Paneer - Omi Khurana. The key thing about the main course is to fulfill the customer's expectations and never try something wild. Because in case you burn this dish, no matter how well you prepare everything else, the customer is never, never going to come back. Kunal Kapoor comes back after an year, and possibly in his longest role. He takes centre stage with subtlety and performs his part neatly. Kudos to him, for he was the least accomplished actor of the lot.
Titu Mama (Rajesh Sharma, God bless him) works as the sour pickle, who lends life and soul to the meal. It's usually had with each morsel, and is rarely accorded the respect it deserves, for the tickly, tangy flavour it provides.
But wait - before you start with the subzi and the main course, there is Daarji Vinod Nagpal in a crisp yet sublime role, much like the Papad which keeps you occupied till the piping hot rotis arrive. It is always a pleasure to watch him in films that usually qualify as gems (like Khosla ka Ghosla, and Main, Meri Patni aur Woh).
The dessert is usually reserved for afterwards, because you want its taste to linger on for long. 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. Watch out for her, because she is filling that enviable space in new age Indian Cinema which I earlier thought was occupied by Mahie Gill, until she started working with RGV.
Do watch this yummy slice-of-life film that will satiate all your senses and aggravate your tastebuds, for which you need to head to a typical Punjabi Dhaaba. This is the only time that a hard core veggie like me is rooting for Non-Veg fare !