Luka Chuppi (transl. Hide and seek) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film directed by Laxman Utekar. Produced by Dinesh Vijan under Maddock Films, it stars Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon and the film tells the story of a television reporter who cohabits with his headstrong intern. Chaos ensues when their traditional families assume them to be married to each other.
Principal photography for Luka Chuppi began in August 2018 and was completed the following month. It was released on 1 March 2019 and has grossed over ₹128.86 crore (US$18 million) worldwide.
The film starts with reporters asking film star Nazeem Khan if he is in a live-in relationship. When he replies he is, it causes a media uproar about how he is disrespecting India’s culture and being a bad influence for the youth. The film shifts to the small town of Mathura, where Vishnu Trivedi, a failing politician wants a ban on live-in relationships because they are disgraceful and against India’s conservative culture. His daughter Rashmi takes up an internship at a local news channel, and starts working with the channel’s star reporter Vinod “Guddu” Kumar Shukla and his best friend, cameraman Abbas Sheikh. Guddu and Rashmi fall in love and Guddu proposes. Flustered, she says she is not ready for marriage and wants to get to know Guddu first. She suggests a live-in relationship to test their compatibility but Guddu doesn’t want one, being slightly more traditional. Abbas suggests trying a live-in relationship during their 20-day business trip to Gwalior. The couple agree.
The three find an apartment to rent. Their neighbor Mrs. Srivastava however is suspicious and asks how long they have been married. On the spot, they mix up answers and Mrs. Srivastava, certain that they are living together without being married, calls for the neighborhood to oust them from the apartment. Guddu and Rashmi come up with fake photos of their wedding overnight to put around the house as proof. The next morning, the neighbors are shocked to see the wedding pictures and blame Mrs. Srivastava for accusing them. At the end of the 20 days, Guddu reaffirms his love for Rashmi and she says she is ready to marry him. Guddu’s nosy relative Babulal sees the two together in public, follows them, sees the fake wedding pictures, and assumes that they eloped.
The next morning, Babulal brings Guddu’s entire family to their house. His family is shocked and Guddu and Rashmi are unable to admit the truth. They go back to Mathura to tell Rashmi’s father Vishnu. Vishnu decides that they should be thankful the two got married and weren’t in a live-in relationship and after a quick wedding ceremony, sends Rashmi off. Rashmi goes to live with Guddu and his family because everyone thinks they are now married. Rashmi feels bad about such a big lie and she and Guddu decide to secretly get officially married. The two try multiple times but something or someone always gets in the way.
In their last attempt, they try to get married in an anonymous public mass marriage event. Unfortunately, Vishnu is the chief guest. Guddu and Rashmi are caught as his family also shows up at the venue. Exasperated, they admit they are not married and had been in a live-in relationship. Guddu explains to Vishnu that the reason Vishnu keeps losing the elections is because the majority of the voting group is the new generation, who believe in modernity, and opposing their methods equals lack of support from them, making Vishnu lose the majority percentage of votes. He convinces Vishnu to stop opposing live-in relationships. Everyone finally gets Guddu and Rashmi married.
Kartik Aaryan as Vinod “Guddu” Kumar Shukla
Kriti Sanon as Rashmi Trivedi
Aparshakti Khurana as Abbas Sheikh
Pankaj Tripathi as Babulal
Vinay Pathak as Vishnu Trivedi
Atul Srivastava as Badriprasad Shukla
Alka Amin as Shakuntala Shukla
Himanshu Kohli as Vikas Shukla
Vishwanath Chatterjee as Varun Shukla
Neha Saraf as Janki Shukla
Ajeet Singh as Shrikant Trivedi
Vimi Mehta as Savitri Trivedi
Arun Singh Kushwaha as Chotu
Master Samarth as Cheeku
Sapna Sand as Mrs. Srivastava
Abhinav Shukla as Nazeem Khan
Nabil Singh as Pandit