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Lootera - a musical canvas
Jul 07, 2013 06:03 PM 2232 Views





It is a film adopted from O Henry's The Last Leaf. It takes you down the memory lanes of the era of 50's.

The movie revolves around Manikpur in 1953 & moves on to Dalhousie in 1954. It is very slow paced which it had to be & is a simple yet gripping one.

Vikramaditya Motwane shows this story in a style of his own and succeeds to a great extent. Simple stories with innovative telling is what you need to succeed. It is a story about Pakhi(Sonakshi Sinha), daughter of a Zamindar(Barun Chanda) in Manikpur having all the ancient sculptures and items which Varun(Ranveer Singh), an archaeologist comes to steal from them along with his friend Vikrant Massey.

Pakhi and Varun slowly fall in love and it comes as a hindrance in Varun's plea of stealing the Zamindar's property. What follows is dejection and betrayals.

Story than moves to Dalhousie where Varun is suspected to come to steal an ancient piece. What follows next is what forms the core of this movie.

The ease with which the plot is revealed is what is the striking force of this movie for me. There is a feel good thing about this one. It completely takes us back to the era of the 50's which is so soothing. The clothes, the vehicles, the roads, everything is done perfectly.

Its like a flow in which we move along slowly and slowly. On the whole, the movie is a bit too slow for comfort. There are quite a few loopholes but there are some extremely attention grabbing sequences as well.

Dialogues form a core of this movie - simple yet attractive. A lot of credit here should go to the Cinematographer Mahendra Shetty as well as the whole crew of the art direction. Their work is tremendous. Vikramaditya Motwane is a pretty different kind of a film-maker who has a style of his own and I like it.

There are so many feel good scenes here such as the bulb on-off one, the painting class where the tutor turns into a student & vice-versa, the beautiful Dalhousie, desire for love, I cannot make leaves. ahh. that is easy, etc.

Whatever said about Amit Trivedi is less. He is a gem of a music director. Up until now, Lootera is easily the best album of 2013 with all 6 songs being a master-piece in itself. Ankahee by Amitabh Bhattacharya is melody personified, Shilpa Rao mesmerises with Manmarziyan, Amit himself bamboozles in Zinda, Monali Thakur depicts sweetness with Sanwaar Loon, Kanan Mohan has a style of his own in Shikayatein while Swanand Kirkire sings a unique Monta Re. This combo of Amit Trivedi-Amitabh Bhattacharya is gonna rule Bollywood in future.

Sonakshi Sinha as Pakhi suffering from T.B. is picture perfect. She is just superb in every bits and pieces and I just got shocked as I didnt see it coming. Full marks to her as she carries this film over with utmost ease. Ranveer Singh has improved from his previous films but still he isnt completely matured as an actor. He was good though in this one. Barun Chanda was good. Vikrant Massey came up with a steady performance. Arif Zakaria as the uncle of Varun was good as he always is in his small role. Divya Dutta needs a mention in a special appearance. Adil Hussain as the Police Officer was also good.

All in all, Lootera is a free-flowing film which takes us in a different world. It has an aura of its own. In this age of Entertainment, films like Lootera are just noticed by the Critics as the masses wont prefer it. If you are going for Entertainment, don't watch this. If you are going for Cinematic masterpiece, definItely watch this. Highly recommended if you are a cinema fan.

I would rate it 3.5/5 just for the sheer class, performance, music and simplicity of the film.

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