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Recipe for entertainment

chandigarh Updated: Oct 30, 2012 15:12 IST
Prateek Walia

It took Bollywood over 100 years to get its first genuine movie on food. However, it’s finally time to revive your taste buds, as Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana is all set to be served on your platter this Friday.

Punjabi munda Kunal Kapoor and Delhi girl Huma Qureshi were at Hotel KC Royal, Sector 3, Panchkula, to promote their film.

Sameer Singh, who is making his directorial debut, writer Sumit Batheja and lead actor Kunal Kapoor — all have their roots set in Punjab, and they wanted to acquaint the audiences with the real Punjab through the medium of this movie.

Known for making movies on unique and controversial subjects, Anurag Kashyap, is the producer of the movie. The name of the movie might suggest that it is about food; it is, however, about the importance of relationships in our lives. Chicken is just being used as a metaphor.

Restaurateur’s daughter
Gangs of Wasseypur beauty, Huma Qureshi, has a strong food connection — her father owns a chain of restaurants in Delhi by the name of Saleem’s. “Since I come from a ‘food family’ I was the first choice for the movie. I ate a lot of chicken during the shoot and since food is an integral part of the movie, there was no pressure on me to lose weight either!” says Huma.

About shooting the movie in Punjab, she adds, “The movie was shot extensively in Lalton village near Ludhiana and I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot. The people here are very warm and welcoming.”

Talk to her about her choice of offbeat movies and she says, “I don’t understand the whole funda of offbeat films, as these unusual films are doing really well at the box office. I just want to make the best of what is being offered to me.”

After this movie, Huma would be seen in Ek Thi Daayan, which is being produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj.

Punjab’s youth icon
“Everytime I visit Punjab, it’s like homecoming,” says Kunal Kapoor, while promising the crowd that the movie would be an out-and-out entertainer. He termed the movie as a Kashraj film (Kashyap+Yashraj). “It’s like an accident between Yashraj and Anurag Kashyap films,” he quips. Not only is Kunal the lead actor of the movie, he gladly takes partial credit for the title as well. “Though it’s not a typical Anurag Kashyap movie, that quirkiness and madness of a his movies stays intact,” he adds.

Recalling an anectode, he says, “In one of the shots, I was supposed to eat some jalebis. That shot took about 15 takes. So, I ended up eating close to 40 jalebis and didn’t feel like even looking at them for a year!”