Movie : Lootera
Genre : Period-Romance
Cast : Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Vikrant Massey, Arif Zakaria, Adil Hussain
Director : Vikramaditya Motwane
Produced by : Anurag Kashyap, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Vikas Bahl
Music Director : Amit Trivedi
Language : Hindi
Overall Stars: 5 out of 5
‘Once upon a time..’ kind of setting which traces back to late 1940s in Kolkata and then, the story begins by establishing its key cast – a Zamindari father, his apple-of-the-eye daughter (Pakhi Roychoudhary) and deeper characteristics of ‘father-daughter relationship’ is well established in the first 10-15 minutes.
Varun Shrivastav enters the screen space as an Archaeologist with his friend and much thanks to teasers and trailers of the movie, we presume this character to be the ‘Lootera’, but wonder how. Stereotypical as we call, people from Calcutta and those who visit Calcutta have well-versed knowledge in arts, music, literature and everything else that’s the key measure to one’s intelligence.
Both Pakhi and Varun fall under this stereotyped bracket and are drawn to each other immensely. One thing leads them to another and this attraction grows intense with time. The portrayal of their interest for each other is subtly and elegantly brought out by the director and his script. Their romance hits you, grows on you as you watch it and makes you want more of it. True that we always seek from media and its effects are hard for us that we seldom realise it.
All seems fine until Varun’s grey area creeps into the script with an apt twist in their fairy love tale. He is depicted as one who steals rare and unique antique pieces from local Zamindars along with a group of his friends and his caretaker. Although he loves Pakhi dearly and wishes to get married to her, the night before the marriage, his dubious past takes him over and he chooses that over Pakhi and leaves her in rejection.
The life of Pakhi thereafter, her emotions, feeling of hopelessness, the pain and agony she goes through and her wanting to move on from her involved relationship with Varun is what we assume is the latter part of the story. Destiny in movies work stronger than real life. Due to unseen circumstances, Varun lands up at her doorstep in Shimla where she has been living a solitary life. Realizing what wrong he had done to her, he tries defying and meanwhile, he gets his hands much dirtier due to situations and consequences. He tries hard to win her trust back. And, through a lot of moving moments, he does.
This script is an adaptation of O Henry’s ‘The Last Leaf’ short story and keeps your emotion tides going up and down with its gripping direction and choice of actors. Most importantly, the music keeps the entire movie breathing and facilitates the audience to connect much much more to these characters.
An effort by passionate technicians and its crew have only helped ‘Lootera’ to be what it is when you see it on the big screen. Big appreciation goes out to Vikramaditya Motwane, the director – who has really been the boss of this movie.
Bottomline : #Lootera steals your heart, instils a lot more emotions in you and you’d be left with beautiful thoughts thereafter