Ever since Rang De Basanti I have wanted to see more of Kunal Kapoor on screen. Little did I know how much patience that would require. He was given a number of insignificant supporting roles. I could never understand that because Kunal has such a great potential! There is an intensity to him, a fire in his eyes, and with the right script and direction he could easily develop into one of the leading actors in Bollywood. Had he been given a better part in Lamha, for instance, that movie might have been more interesting to watch, but it was built entirely and monotonously around Sanjay Dutt, not even Kashmir got its moment in the sun.. And now in Don 2 I felt let down in my hopes again with Kunalji being relegated to the sidelines. So reading tonight that he has finally snatched a lead role, what’s more in a Kashyap movie, makes me feel ecstatic. Even though I’d prefer to see him in a dramatic role, I’ll happily take the comedy with a Punjabi twist.
Anurag Kashyap’s next is a comedy with a Punjabi connection
After making critically acclaimed and commercially successful movie like ‘Dev D’, ‘Aamir’ and ‘Udaan’, Anurag Kashyap has now teamed up with UTV Spotboy for a comedy.
Titled ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’, the film began shooting in Punjab last week with debutant Sameer Sharma directing.
“Together we (UTV, Anurag and composer Amit Trivedi) have done some really good stuff starting with ‘Aamir’ and then ‘Dev D’ and ‘Udaan’. And we hope to repeat the same with ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’. It’s everything that the title says. And the Shuv between the Luv and the chicken is what is more fun,” Anurag said.
As the title suggests, the film has a Punjabi theme – it revolves around a Punjabi joint family and the secret recipe of a dish called Chicken Khurana.
“Anurag shared the script with us and we instantly fell in love with the characters and the world that the writer Sumit Batheja has created. Very few stories can make you laugh out loud one moment and bring a lump in your throat the next – ‘Luv Shuv’ maintains that delicate balance of humour and emotion throughout,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.
While Kunal Kapoor plays the male lead, newcomer Huma Qureshi stars opposite him. She would also be seen in Anurag’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’.