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07-09-2013, 04:30 PM #1
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Lootera Movie Review
Castonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Story: In a village, a young archaeologist falls in love with a landlord’s daughter. Their union seems doomed. But destiny brings them together a year later. Will they live happily ever after?
The plot is an amalgamation of a story written by Vikramaditya Motwane with O’Henry’s short story, The Last Leaf. It begins in Manikpur, West Bengal, in 1953.
A zamindar (Barun Chanda) dotes on his well-educated but impressionable girl, Pakhi ( Sonakshi Sinha). The landlord’s Munim warns his master that courtesy the State Acquisition and Tenancy Act of 1950, zamindars like himself (read loyal to the British Empire) were losing their titles and prerogatives. But to no avail. The
zamindar is visibly more concerned about his daughter’s well-being, more so because she suffers from asthma.
A suave archaeologist, Varun ( Ranveer Singh), enters the village seeking permission from the landlord to dig up a mysterious civilisation buried around his temple. As work progresses, love blossoms between Pakhi and Varun. The father of the bride agrees to their union but the young couple face other hurdles. From a simple love story the film assumes the shape of a thriller.
A year later, Pakhi and Varun (the Lootera) find themselves under the same roof, in snow-capped Dalhousie under extenuating circumstances. Their relationship is volatile, vile and vulnerable. Love him she does, but deep inside, she is nursing a grudge against him for stealing her heart, breaking her father’s heart and letting their trust down.
Sonakshi Sinha looks natural and divine throughout the film, and delivers a supreme performance. Ranveer makes for a very pretty frame. He expresses through his eyes and is also good in the action sequences. But acting-wise, one feels he just followed the director’s orders and didn’t push the envelope.
The songs of Lootera blend with the story, and thankfully there’s no running around trees in the snow-clad Dalhousie. The background score works well and gives you the feeling that you are watching a Hollywood classic. The set design, costumes and production are near-perfect. So what goes wrong?
As of now, I feel that Lootera is a film with depth and susbstance, but at times, too stretched and long. It is indeed a lovely film, but keeping in mind our Indian masala movie audience, we wonder what would be their take on this.
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07-12-2013, 03:41 PM #2