Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and its magic ingredient: Kunal Kapoor

I loved Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana!!   I watched it right after Sandy hit New York. Like any self-respecting Bollywood addict, would I miss a chance like that? Storms, floods, gasoline shortage.. screw that! :-)  I loved the preview of LSTCK.  Anything Kashyap will get me off the sofa and out of the house, even if it’s only a producing gig. I know I will be gloriously entertained.
And I am a big fan of Kunal Kapoor, whose eyes are burning with a warm fire. Or a dangerous fire. As needed. A criminal who redeems himself or the good guy who will turn bad, or just the reluctant romantic hero.  Always a tad off-beat, which allows him to switch into different avatars, playing out all shades of a searching and uncertain soul. That’s what he is. A soulful actor. I always feel Bollywood doesn’t know where to put him. He doesn’t fit into categories and thus he is being sadly underutilized and underrated as an actor. Under the right direction and with the right script his qualities start shining. And THIS was a GREAT role for him, for instance!
Punjabi-born Omi (Kunalji) gets into the hands of some ruthless money sharks in London, can’t pay off his debts. In order to buy time he promises them that once he gets back to India he’ll be able to get them back their cash. Lands in India, goes back to his village in Punjab, absolutely hapless how to make good on his promise. Well, we learn that he had left India in a hurry with money he stole from grandpa. Pretends he made it big in London. Falls for his ex girlfriend, Harman, who has become the village doctor (played by Huma Qureshi). First she rejects him, but we know how it goes… Huma, too, doesn’t fit the glam Bollywood heroine mold and that was a pleasant surprise. She played her role with earthy and maternal grace. Loved it. The characters felt real. The supporting cast was well-chosen.
Most of all, I could reach out with my hand and touch India. Unabashed. Rural. You could almost smell the earth, the spices and taste the food.
Finally a foodie movie coming out of India. If you love food and magic ingredients, don’t miss this one. Well, in the theaters you might have missed it already, but by all means, go and buy the DVD.
Directed by Sameer Sharma
Good interview on ndtv movies with Kunal Kapoor. But besides writing, he seems to have set his heart on racing too. So go and check out the link underneath and go to the ndtv movie page, it got more about him…
Kunal Kapoor to focus on writing
Press Trust of India | Sunday, November 18, 2012 (New Delhi)
Kunal is also set to star in Kashyap’s film, where he will play Raj Comics’ superhero Doga. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila.
Right from its inception, Kunal Kapoor was actively involved in the writing process of his recently released film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khuranaand the actor says he wants to take his new found interest forward. Kunal, 35, is currently busy putting together few scripts for films.”I have been working on something like I did in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khuranato put together a project that I believe in. I am writing and there are three to four stories that I have been working on. I am not writing a whole script, I am somebody who is more like a bouncing board, who ideates and puts together things. So, hopefully things will fall into place soon,” Kunal told PTI.

When asked if he plans to turn director any time soon, the actor said, “Directors have to pamper egos and actors get their egos pampered. Right now I am happy being pampered and have no plans to direct a film.”

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and UTV Motion Pictures and directed by newcomer Sameer Sharma, was made within a budget of Rs 3 crore but managed to set the cash registers ringing. The film set around a chicken recipe, also starred Gangs of Wasseypur girl Huma Qureshi.

“It is a film I believed in very strongly. Sameer and I have known each other for a while. We used to keep talking about the sort of films we’d like to do. We started the process two years back, we took it to lot of people,” said Kunal, who was in NCR recently to launch the new men’s soap series by Fiama Di Wills.

“We were doing something different from what Punjab is perceived as and nobody wanted to take a chance with it. But Anurag did and now to see the film having the effect that we wanted, is absolutely amazing,” he added.

Since making his Bollywood debut with Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities in 2005, Kunal has acted in ten films – Rang De Basanti, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Welcome to Sajjanpur, Lamhaa to name a few. Last year he starred alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Don 2.

When asked why he is seen so less on the big screen, Kunal said, “I am not choosy. If I had the chance I would do five films in a year. But the films have to be exciting. There is no point going to the sets of a film and thinking why am I here? And also for the last one and half years I was putting together Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. That took a lot of effort and time. It is not like I want to do one film a year but it is just that I want to do quality work.”

Kunal is also set to star in Kashyap’s film, where he will play Raj Comics’ superhero Doga. He will also appear in Chamkila, a biography of controversial Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila.

Doga is very far away. It is a very big film and very expensive and you need a lot of money for it. Next year Anurag will start shooting a film called Bombay Velvet. So Doga will start after that. Chamkila is something I am very excited about but it being developed. We are working on putting the script together,” he said.


Will Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana be shown in the USA? place your bets…

Hallelujah, the trailer is out. And the release date: November 2nd.

I have been feverishly awaiting the return of Kunal Kapoor to the silver screen. But now I am getting worried that BigCinemasUSA may not bring Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana to my shores in NY, since it coincides with Ishq in Paris which stars long lost Preity Zinta, who they will probably favor. Just guessing.  I am happy to see her, too, don’t get me wrong, but I much rather indulge in a foodie movie produced by Kashy with heartthrob Kunalji. Much more interesting. Well, I am not giving up hope yet.

This past week has seen the release of several wonderfully entertaining Indian movies, OMG, Aiyyaa, English Vinglish.. and I pray they made good box office numbers. It will increase the likelihood that more cinemas will be willing to take the risk of showing some smaller budget Indian movies.

Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma
Directed By: Sameer Sharma
Produced By: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur & Anurag Kashyap
Music By: Amit Trivedi

Kashyap’s “Aiyaa” caters to the funny bone

I am delighted to see Rani Mukherjee back in the saddle, especially with my favorite filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

But where is this movie coming from? it hits us like a comet that went undetected by all radars out there scanning our galaxy.

In the film Rani plays a Marathi Brahmin who falls for a Malayali artist, I guess that makes him Mr. Wrong,  played by Prithviraj.

It’s nice to see Anurag embracing comedy for a change. I thought that’s going to be Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, with Kunal Kapoor, but that’s not even listed as his film anymore! So now I am very confused. The chicken crossed the road never to be seen again.. Instead we will get “Aiyaa” – not that I am complaining. But of course, I would have loved a  foodie movie from Kashyap. There are only a handful of those, but tons about marriage and mr. wrong. So maybe yes, I am a tad disappointed what concerns the fate of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, but I am at the same time looking forward to Aiyaa and Rani Mukherji.

anybody who has a clue about the whereabouts of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, please, in the name of all foodie movie lovers, enlighten us…


Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, where did it go?

I feel like a hungry patron in a restaurant. My mouth has been salivating for Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, or, being vegetarian, for Kunal Kapoor, but I am waiting and waiting and now I started calling out on the waiter HEY, WHERE IS MY CHICKEN?

– the Kashy with  writer Sameer Sharma (? I think…)

I am getting impatient, start cursing the restaurant already, which, as a pacifist, is running entirely against my nature. Throwing up my hands in despair when checking out and staring at the 18th of May void, which I vaguely remembered as a possible release date.  Nothing in the vicinity either!!?

What happened, did Luv shuv Tey Chicken Khurana get sucked into a Black Hole?  surfing deeper into the Net I discover it has been P-P-P-ostponed because of the IPL.   IPL? I start hating cricket.  I am shattered, it feels like a chicken bone got stuck in my esophagus. I want to cry me some crocodile tears. How did the chicken cross the road? well, it didn’t. And it won’t for a long time. Until a suitable deemable esteemable date is found for the release of this recipe..says Anurag Kashyap, or rather a UTV spokesman.

As if (the probably gory) Department by RGV, which releases on May 18th,  could be a threat to a funny lovable movie….

In short, I am disappointed.

But I am not alone. Kunal, meri jaan, most likely too.

…and a bunch of foodie movie lovers….



UPDATE: HURRAY, CHICKEN IS BACK ON TRACK with a trailer AND a release date:


NOVEMBER 2nd. 2012 yea….. :-)



Kunal Kapoor: actors must reach out to further social causes

Great interview with heartthrob Kunal Kapoor!  Behind this gorgeous face there is a beautiful spirit, a generous soul.  And a little daredevil one might say…







Acting will always be my main focus: Kunal Kapoor


Acting will always be my main focus: Kunal Kapoor
Kunal Kapoor, who was in Jaipur to announce a global report on child-malnutrition, talks about the cause, his plans to direct films and more…

How does it feel to be a youth icon for such a noble cause? Is it why you have a huge number of female fan-following?

Honestly when I’m doing something like this I’m not thinking about how popular it will make me, I am just thinking of how I can make a difference no matter how big or small it might be. The recent visit to Tonk was really an eye opener. The NGO is doing wonderful work in bringing about a big change in people’s life. My being there motivates the workers, but to see their wonderful work, motivates me as well.

Bollywood actors are Demi-gods and are loved by masses if they do something for them. Are you following actors like Salman Khan and Big B in this respect?

I think actors must use the fact that they can reach out to people, for furthering social causes. If we can sell cola’s and cars, there is no reason why we can’t use the same power to sell a good cause.

You are into reading, writing and even flying Cessna, where exactly does your interest in films lie?

Actually my interest in films also varies. Acting is and will always be my main focus, but I’m also co-writing a number of films. I have also been thinking of a number of ideas to direct my first short film. I don’t have the ability to direct a whole film right now, but I’d love to experiment with the short film format. I started of as an assistant director, and I don’t think that bug will ever leave me.

How do you manage your time?

Honestly when you love what you do, whether its acting, reading or flying, you don’t really have to struggle to find time for it, you automatically have time for it, no matter how little. So if I’m in the car going from one place to the other I write or read. Whenever I have a weekend off, I try and clock in some flying hours.

What kind of books you like to read, I guess its Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the moment?

The thing is that I can’t read one book at a time. At any given moment I am reading at least four books, and they are all of different genres. Right now I’m fully into Marquez, re-reading stuff that I have read before as well. Besides that I am reading a book called “Rant” by the writer of “Fight Club”, a collection of Chinese short stories, and a graphic novel called “Scalped”.

You started your Bollywood journey with “Meenaxi: A Tale Of Love”. How has the journey been so far?

It’s been interesting actually. I have had a chance to work with actors that are on top of their game and directors that I have an immense amount of respect for. As an outsider it’s very difficult to break through, but I have finally reached a place where people are willing to back me and the scripts that I believe in.

Are you dating Naina Bachchan?

All I want to say is that Naina is an important person in my life. Beyond that I won’t comment.

The people of Tonk in Rajasthan, were all ears, when Kunal discussed topics such as malnutrition, safe pregnancy and vaccination, on his visit there as the brand ambassador of the NGO, Save The Children.

Tall, obviously handsome, and never stand-offish, Kunal struck an immediate rapport with everyone from the kids to the village elders. His dimples and boyish charm were mentioned more than once by the ‘aunties’ there. When Kunal reached a small anganbari centre in Tonk in morning, people went crazy with excitement.

The actor was there to launch a global report ‘A Life Free From Hunger – Tackling Child Malnutrition’, by the NGO. Kunal said, “While preparing for a shoot takes hours of preparation, it took just a second to connect with the locals and discuss issues like child-malnutrition, vaccination, safe delivery measures, etc.”

Our desi boy did everything so perfectly that by the end of it all, the audience was completely besotted with his charm. He hugged the kids, sat with the aam janta, heard their problems and coaxed the cranky tots to smile. It was quite a delight to see Kunal lift a small kid into his arms and show him around to pacify him. The villagers were equally enthusiastic, and shared their experiences and initiatives with the celebrity they had only seen on screen.

“It was a wonderful experience,” said Kunal later, on his way back from the field trip. “Meeting children and health workers who are working tirelessly at the ground level was a sort of revelation for me. They are the real foot soldiers, saving precious lives. I was shocked to see those families. They are in dire need of help. They don’t even have enough to eat. It is very sad,” said Kunal.

People listened to him with rapt attention when he shared a piece of advice. “Aap log bade hain, aapki advice sab log dhyaan se sunenge aur apnayenge bhi. Zaroori hai ki aap sabke sath milkar initiative le aur issues ko solve karein,” Kunal told the village elders.

Incidentally, Save The Children roped in Kunal as the face of the charity in 2009 and since then, he has been a part of their global campaigns. Sitting on the doorsteps of one of the modest anganbari centres, while tying his shoelaces, Kunal added, “I am here to see the issue first-hand and then solve it.”

And the villagers also got to see him firsthand. Wherever he went, there would be whispers of “Arre ye toh woh ” Rang De Basanti” wala hero hai na?”

“‘RDB’ was a cult movie and it became so popular that people still relate me with the film,” said the actor.

When an elderly man in the crowd asked him, “Beta kya tum Rishi Kapoor ke bete ho?”, Kunal smiled, and said, “Nahi, nahi, main woh wala Kapoor nahi hoon.”

Foodie movie with Kunal Kapoor – beats the Giants!



Something spicy  is cooking in  Bollywood.  OMG, can it get any better?  A foodie movie with my secretbollywoodlove Kunal Kapoor!!!  Two great things coming together here.  Shabash!   This is better than the Super Bowl!  …not that I have any specific affinity towards the Super Bowl, except that the Giants play and for the sake of NY,  I hope they will win! But …


Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana hitting the cinemas in MAYYY!!   YAYYYY!!!!   




I wrote already a post  about Kunal being involved with this movie. What I DIDN”T  get into enough that this  is a FOODIE MOVIE and consequently,  as my second favorite genre, it deserves more of a write-up. Reason why:


A)  I like to cook


B)   there aren’t enough good foodie movies out there!


C)   there aren’t any Indian foodie movies that I know of, except the marvelously entertaining independent NRI Aasif Mandvi  movie: Today’s Special, which any foodie should watch!!

Cooking with Stella, written by the one and only Deepa Mehta and her brother, who also directed the movie.

   &  Cheeni Kum, with  Big B. but him being a vegetarian, I guess,  they didn’t get into the details of food prep in this London five star restaurant.  still a delightful movie


D)  there is never enough talk about Kunal Kapoor and I am on a mission here! :-)



Okay: here is my list of movies any foodie  should have in their library:



Today’s Special.  If you haven’t seen it, the DVD is available now. a grand performance by Naseeruddin Shah. but the entire cast rocks!



Cheeni Kum 


Cooking with Stella


Eat Drink Man Woman



Bella Martha






Tampopo (old one)






I should mention Julia and Julia, but I kind of fell asleep during the movie.  I heard it was  good. I thought it was long.







Kunal Kapoor playing the lead in Kashyap’s next flick


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


Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Kashyap
picture: Getty Images

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’.