Film: Lootera

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh, Vikrant Massey, Arif Zakaria, Prince Hayer, Adil Hussain, Shirin Guha

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A beautiful but deeply flawed film, the eagerly-awaited "Lootera" floors you with its audacious sensitivity and its tendency to use silences to punctuate emotions. ‘Lootera’, a romantic period saga, is the second film of director Vikramaditya Motwane. His first flick ‘Udaan’ received applause from film critics and bagged many accolades.

The film which is based on O Henry’s ‘The Last Leaf’ can be a turning point for both the leading actors as far as the roles are concerned. While Sonakshi has given back to back hits like ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Son of Sardar’, Ranveer will taste an entire fresh role than his last two films ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ and ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Behl’.

The film wears two distinctly 'classic' looks in sweaty bustling Kolkata and forlorn snowy Dalhousie, both shot with fetching discreetness by cinematographer Mahendra Shetty.

Bollywood has given its thumbs up to the movie by showering applauses and praises for Ranveer and Sonakshi’s performances on the Twitter.

Story line: Director Vikramaditya Motwane takes you back to the 1950s in a romantic period drama where young Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) lives with her father, a Zamindar, in an aristocratic world. In this tranquil world of this father and daughter, enters an archaeologist, Varun (Ranveer Singh), who seeks help from the Zamindar with a letter from the Archaeological Society of India. Varun’s calm and captivating personality and expertise in his work make an everlasting impression on both the Zamindar and his daughter Pakhi.  As love blossoms, Pakhi is drawn towards Varun’s reserved attitude and his charismatic persona. Following a series of foreseeable uncertainties and misunderstandings, she expresses her profound love to her man and they finally get family’s blessings for tying the nuptial knot.  But all doesn’t go well in this love story. A shocking realization about Varun shatters Pakhi’s life and she is left with the option, and that is to move on. Then, comes a dramatic twist in the romantic saga of Pakhi and Varun.

Review: Indeed, the sequences between Varun and Pakhi, played with compelling intensity by Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, bristle and burst at the seams with unspoken feelings. There are long passages of muted lyricism in the narration where silences are used to accentuate the growing passion between a lonely, emotionally and sexually insulated daughter of a feudal family in Kolkata, and the attractive stranger who walks into her life with the promise of passion, only to break her heart into wounding shards. The love story, apparently inspired by American writer O. Henry's short story "The Last Leaf", moves in mysterious magical ways, but often tends to lose its way in its search for that elusive horizon where two socially, culturally and economically incompatible people in love, hanker to unite, but seldom do.

"Lootera" depicts a doomed passion that is at once invigorating and terrifying. Tenderness trickles out of every pore of this beautifully crafted saga of a love so infinite and so forbidden that it seems to scoff at cruel fate and brutal destiny while carving out a craggy jagged path for the lovers. Sadly, in the midst all the underlying conflicts, poor O. Henry's story is almost forgotten. O. Henry leaf-leitmotif shyly shows up at the end, making a hasty entry not too convincingly.

Thumbs up: Vikramaditya Motwane's storytelling is like a coiled twirling stairway to the heart of his irreconcilable protagonists. The film's muted silences suggest a deep connectivity between pain and love."Lootera" has fine compositions. No item numbers, no discotheque peppy tracks. It is a relaxed compilation of songs.

Thumbs down: The storyline may be boring for those who don’t find themselves fit for state-of-the-art or slow romance. The songs may not appeal to those looking for upbeat numbers as the movie is completely for the love buds. "Lootera" is a flawed gem filled with moments of glorious emotions. The storytelling shows the hands of a masterly visionary who tends to dither in moments of deep drama.

Music review: The music of director Vikramaditya Motwane's "Lootera" is like a breath of fresh air. With six tracks in its kitty, the album has been composed by Amit Trivedi with time and patience. "Sawaar loon" opens the album. Melodious and rhythmic, it talks about a girl's dreams. The lyrics weave a melodious story. Next is "Ankahee", sung by Amitabh Bhattacharya in a beautiful, magical way. "Shikayatein" brings a sense of freedom.  Amitabh and Swanand Kirkire give a regional and classic touch to the next track, "Monta re". Infused with Bengali lyrics, the song talks about an innocent heart which has lost its way.  Amit Trivedi goes behind the mike for "Zinda", a song that has mass appeal as it talks about melancholy in a very poetic and beautiful way. The last song in the album is the romantic "Manmarziya". A soothing track, it does not lack in melody.


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