Lootera-Movie Review

8 Jul

The whole Bollywood twitterati was going gaga over film-maker Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Lootera” and obviously I went with very high expectations. The song ‘Sanwar Loon’ had already made it to my list of favorites and I just couldn’t wait for the movie to release. That’s how I went to see Lootera last Friday.

Lootera begins with the chants at a Durga Puja pandal in the small town of Manikpur in the Bengal of the 1950’s. This is home to Pakhi (played by Sonakshi Sinha) and her zamindar dad. She is the apple of her father’s eye and has grown up amidst a lot of indulgences. Then, Varun Srivastava (Ranveer Singh), an archeologist makes an entry into the huge mansion who requests the zamindar’s permission to dig up the area in the outhouse as he believes there may be findings of historical importance. The zamindar and needless to say, his daughter as well, are very impressed with Varun’s literary prowess and are smitten by his charms. Pakhi soon falls head over heels in love with Varun and tells her father about her intentions to marry him. The engagement date arrives and the groom, Varun disappears. Cut to the second half and after five years and a series of unfortunate incidents, a quirk of coincidence finds the two of them together in a dilapidated old mansion in Dalhousie. The turn their relationship takes at this juncture and beyond is what Lootera is all about.

Well, to begin with, the picturisation is fabulous, with the makers having successfully captured an old world, enticing charm in just about every frame of the movie. The performances are brilliant, with Sonakshi Sinha finally getting a chance to show her acting caliber after films like Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore where she had nothing much to do. Her acting is almost flawless and I won’t be surprised if she gets a handful of nominations in all the award functions of the year. Ranveer Singh too, is superb and successfully channelizes his energies in the right directions. The background score by Amit Trivedi is fantastic and just blends into the screenplay.
However, Lootera is far from being a faultless movie. For starters, the story line is a little weak and we had figured out the climax much in advance. The pace is also way too slow for comfort and even a die-hard romantic like me found it boring at times. And as far as Ranveer Singh is concerned, though he has churned out a brilliant act, I would prefer him in a ‘Band Baaja Baarat” anyday.

In spite of all the shortcomings, Lootera is a great sight to watch. However, you better stay away if slow movies are not your thing. I would rate it a 3 out of 5 with a special note of mention for Sonakshi’s masterclass act.

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