'Live in? Matlab Aap ko jo anti national bola Ja raha hai, woh galat nahi Hai'. One can only elucidate that dialogue as an epic fail, despite a strong political reference and an apparent effort of humour being merged. Trying too hard but falling flat on its face is what happens to Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon's Luka Chuppi as well.
Sanskriti Raksha Manch, founded by Vishnu Trivedi, played by Vinay Pathak, is the self-proclaimed flag bearer of Indian culture. We don't know what else they do, but their hobby is to harass and shame unmarried couples exploring live-in relationships. In fact, Trivedi is planning to win an entire election, cashing on that agenda. But his craziest nightmare comes true when his own daughter Rashmi, played by Kriti Sanon, a young, bright, opinionated woman and an aspiring journalist, decides to live-in with boyfriend Guddu, played by Kartik Aaryan, a popular TV reporter of Mathura.
So far the film was fine. Then comes the time when these two live under one roof, pretending to be married and dodging everyone around them. This is when one's cognizance around the relationship strikes, the goods and bads are explored and the affinity goes through the acid-test. Quite conveniently, direction Laxman Utekar chose not to walk that way, barring the scenes where the audience is privy to the fact that Rashmi can't clean the toilet and Guddu can't chop onions.
Utekar, however, does a good job with characterisation. His Vishnu Trivedi doesn't shake hands with Muslims and shames Bollywood hero Nazim Khan for being in a live-in relationship. His Guddu Shukla is good-looking, affable, subtly connected to his roots and easy-going. His Rashmi Trivedi is stern, decisive and charming. It's primarily the abortive screenplay that doesn't let them shine. As a whole, the film barely leaves any emotional appeal.
By all means, we expected a witty narrative of the troubles of a live-in relationship that persists, even in 21st century. Barring a few moments, the humour is either ineffective or non-existent. The disasters don't come alive well, neither does the plight of a couple that's now desperately looking to get married but can't.
Instead, Utekar's side characters are impressive. Aparshakti Khurrana, as Guddu's friend Abbas, is pure gold. He's the kind of friend that accompanies you in all flop plans and shares the pain. Apart from him, the only person to have got the comic timing right is Pankaj Tripathi, who plays Guddu's distant relative.
Kriti and Kartik, fair in their parts, try too much to make the chemistry work but succeed only partly. Their romance strikes a chord, their crisis doesn't.
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