Luka Chuppi – literally means hide and seek which goes perfect with the story of the bollywood movie.
Recently I came across this movie on Netflix and decided to give it a watch. I do not really watch a lot of movies in general, that too in cinema hall. Unlike many of my friends I find it waste of money to buy tickets and physically carry myself to the movie hall when there is an option to watch the same movie few months later at home spending minimum.
This is not a typical movie review to criticize the acting, the cinematography, the plot, the casting… it’s just the plot of the movie and how as a viewer I feel connected to it.
The movie starts in a small town of Mathura where a young celebrity is being bashed by media for his living relationship. Living relationship- might be “no biggie” in some part of the world I have never been to but it is a big deal in a small town of India. Even though youngsters in big cities have taken control of their lives and obtained some sort of “social acceptance” to live with their partners, in small towns it is still a topic that is frowned upon.
The movie portrays that political influence over news channels to project “living relationship” as a sin. In such a situation, a local news agency decides to make a report on people’s opinion on living relationship in India. Vinod (Kartik Aatyan) the male lead of the movie, with his friend and cameraman Abbas (Aparshakti Khurana) are assigned to this project. Mr. Trivedi, the election candidate in Mathura brought his daughter Rashmi(Kriti Sanon) to his friends new agency, so that she could utilize her graduation in media and get some hands on experience before moving to Delhi for pursuing her career in media.
Vinod and Kriti soon fell in love while working on the project… They talked to people from different cities, differet age-groups and different cultural background. Some sadhu said, live in is not a sin where the two persons are bonded emotionally. There was a old granny, who supported live in as it is very important to know the partner before marriage… she gave an example from her life. She wished that she knew about her husband’s alcohol addiction before her marriage cause only after a few days of their marriage her husband died and she had nothing to live for.
Different people gave different opinions but even the common villagers were not strongly against the live-in.
Meanwhile Vinod who was freshly in love proposed Rashmi and Rashmi denied. When she did not deny for her feeling for Vinod, she said it was too soon to marry him as she still did not know much about him. Rather she proposed to live a few days with him before marriage and then give her final answer. They managed to get an apartment in neighbouring city where they went for the news report.
Vinod was hesitant to go for a live-in but Rashmi was super forward about it. She infact said in the movie, “You are man…What are you afraid of if I am okay for it?”
I feel there are two major reasons for which live-in relationship is not welcomed here… one of which is not emphasized in the movie.
- Live-in relation or sex before marriage can end up in an unwanted pregnancy. The partner may abandon the pregnant girl in fear of responsibility.
We still don’t have strong laws to protect the girl and child outside marriage. Nobody will marry that girl, the mother and the child will have to fight with the society to live a normal life.
- Pressure of society. There are people who are always shit-talking about others and way too much interested in other’s personal affair.
We are not bold enough to deal with these kind of people. So we choose to do what society would accept than what we really want.
I am not going to go into the religions have to say about live-in relationship.
Coming back to the movie again… Vinod and Rashmi lived happy life for few days… got to know each other better. They had to pretend to be married to get a apartment for rent. The dealer blackmailed them and charged extra money for not being married. The nosy neighbors got the air of what was going on pretty soon and showed up in their house. The young love-birds saved the day with some photoshopped pictures of their marriage. Eventually, their families came to know about it with a little twist.
Vinod’s family came to know first that their son had secretly married this girl… First they were angry but ultimately they accepted it. Then they went to meet Rashmi’s father who is a politican and very rich in comparison to Vinod’s middle class family. Rashmi’s family too accepted the marriage as it was still better than “live-in”. Vinod and Rashmi were petrified to tell their parents the truth of their relationship.
They were already emotionally committed to each other and they wanted to marry but how? In society’s eye they are married and nowhere they can go to perform the wedding rituals. Vinod’s family welcomed Rashmi as their daughter-in-law with all the rituals and pujas. Vinod’s mother showered all her affection on her… This took Rashmi to a guilt trip. Even though their families accepted them, Vinod and Rashmi found themselves guilty for not telling their parents the truth. They desperately tried to get married in disguise but failed every time miserably.
Finally they managed to attend a community marriage to tie the knot. Eventually Mr. Trivedi (Rashmi’s father reached there) and the couple confessed the truth. Vinod emphasized that if he supports live-in he would get support from the young generation in the next election. Ultimately, they got married and lived happily ever after.
It is a light-hearted comedy movie… did not bore me with unnecessary songs and dances. The side characters were fun as well. Over-all it was a fun movie to watch.