‘Epic Romance’ Review of LOOTERA

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 Lootera is a love story set in Bengal of the 1950s. Inspired by O’ Henry’s short story, The Last Leaf .Pakhi played by Sonakshi Sinha lives in an atmosphere which is very protective. She lives with her father played by Barun Chanda a zamindar. A boy named Varun (Ranveer Singh) enters their lives. He introduces himself as an archaeologist. From here Lootera never turnes back . Though you might be thinking that it’s an old fashioned romance between Pakhi and Varun but the plot never becomes what you think it will become.

Then Pakhi finds herself attracted towards Varun and spends a lot of time with him. She even teaches him painting and Varun promises to make a landmark painting some day! Varun’s friend, Deb (Vikrant Massey), warns him about falling in love with Pakhi but Varun’s heart beats for Pakhi. Soon, he asks Pakhi’s father for her hand in marriage.

Pakhi’s father announces her engagement with Varun and even as the engagement preparations are underway, Varun and his friend disappear. Pakhi is devastated and not just because Varun has gone away but also because he has cheated her father of all the antiques he had.

After her father’s demise, Pakhi is unable to forget Varun, and she leaves her ancestral home and comes to Dalhousie where also the family owns a mansion. Varun re-enters her life even as the police is hunting for him, his uncle, Bajpai , and friend, Deb.

Vikramaditya Motwane narrates this story with such tenderness that it made me feel that It is I who is playing the lead. Though the film moves at a very slow pace it wasn’t that of a problem because of the skillful details this film offers . Everything adds to the mood of the film . Special mentioning towards Cinematography. The scenes are captured perfectly. Some scenes feels like heaven. Amit Trivedi’s amazing music and a long lasting background score just adds a another layer in this love saga.

This film never becomes boring for it’s lovely actors , Barun Chanda deftly marries a father’s vulnerability with the arrogance of a zamindar who believes he is entitled. Vikrant Massey, playing Varun’s Dev Anand-obsessed friend, is cheeky and unyielding in equal measure, while Adil Hussain does a good job as a hard-nosed cop on the heels of a criminal.   

But it is Sonakshi and Ranveer who make this film a one to remember. I was surprised to see the 100 Crore desi girl doing such a sensitive job. She can definitely bag some awards this year. It’s hard to believe that this is the actress I saw in Rowdy Rathore and Son of Sarder. Ranveer Capoor also dose a fine job . His facial expressions are amazing.

Vikramaditya Motwane’s narrative style is poetic and unique and he makes the romantic film a heart-warming drama which stays in the viewer’s memory and subconscious for long after he has seen the film. Motwane’s handling of the subject is remarkable!

On the whole Lootera is a must watch for the film buffs. I’m going with four stars . It’s an inch away from perfect. But this love saga is undoubtedly an Epic Romance .   


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