Director: Sameer Sharma [highlight]Overall Rating: 3.5/5[/highlight][divider]
Why did the chicken cross the road you ask? To join this one jolly celebration- of the Punjabi fraternity and their fondness for food alike. And what comes as a tasteful surprise is that it stays away from the regular cliches one associates with Punjab and the Punjus. With a close perception of family and relationships, this is the kind of film that honors Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s style of cinema, that renders humor in the subject covered up in innocence.
Teenager Omi runs away with his grandfather’s hard earned dhaba money to settle down in UK. A decade later he’s jobless & broke, and to start up a business, he borrows a substantial amount from an Indian goon in UK. Unable to pay back the £50,000 borrowed from him, Omi (Kunal Kapoor) flies his threatened ass back home in India, only to find that his grandfather’s not doing well on the memory front, and with other recollections, the recipe of ‘Chicken Khurana’ is also at stake, as darji had never shared the recipe with anyone else in the family. Also Omi encounters his childhood sweetheart Harman (Huma Qureshi), now a doctor and engaged to his cousin Jeet (Rahul Bagga). Omi vows to win back his lost love and recreate the recipe that’s a finger licking bestseller at their dhaba, and how he manages to kiss triumph at the end is for one to see.
Sameer Sharma cooks up a pretty simple dish, but the whacky and tangy humour among the ingredients ensures it remains a delicacy when done. Simmering the story with some delightful performances, the story rustles up as the feel-good food, as if the director wanted you to enjoy the aroma before you savor the taste. Kunal Kapoor is quite lovable as the silly, sensitive, and rascal-ish Omi, while Huma steals heart as the angry lovable Harman. The humor department is in good hands with Vinod Nagpal (Daarji), Rahul Bagga (Jeet), and the ROFLacious Rajesh Sharma (Titu Mama). Dolly Ahluwalia has a short stint as a godwoman, and she’s good. Amit Trivedi’s music add instant joy to the visuals, and is a strong contendor for this year’s best music album.
The recipe is perfect for a Bollywood potpourri, with 100% Vegetarian humor throughout the film. With message on the lines of Family that eats together stays together, LSTCK here is definitely worth a bite.