Baggage of a successful debut film is more of an albatross that a director has to carry in his subsequent films, as so much expectation is built around him that more often than not he or she is not able to repeat the performance that he or she makes in the debut film. But Vikramaditya Motwane seems to be of a different timber, as after phenomenally successful film UDAAN he has reinvented himself in his second offering LOOTERA which is a romantic film set in eighties that tries to recreate the charm of an era gone by where romance used to materialize in its own laid back way, where a miasma of magic of woven through the patina of occasions to underline the fact that romance need to happen and not materialize.
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LOOTERA is going to be the swan song of Sonakshi Sinha as so far the films in which she has enacted she had done roles which were quite loud, but in LOOTERA she has come into an element of her revealing the sensitive side of her performance. The character Pakhi that Sonakshi has enacted is the character of a small town girl belonging to early fifties or late sixties who is caught between her imaginative world that she construes through her writing and her real world which is quite in contrast, the tormented and terrified existence that she has to lead has been brought out brilliantly by Sonakshi Sinha through her eyes conveying the image of a terrified soul interspersed with sensitivity about humanity. She has emerged as the pivot of the film and indeed has set to rest all the speculation that she may not be able to pair opposite actors of her age in a convincing manner as she has done it with those of the likes of Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.
The terrain of the hitherto forgotten part of the country, the eastern part of the country that Vikramditya Motwane had used as his template in UDAAN has been taken to a new heights in LOOTERA as Motwane has been able to convincingly recreate the era when Bengal was known for its luxuriousness, though it had started ebbing away within a decade of Independence. This sense of decay is clearly perceptible through the eyes of Sonakshi Sinha where she has been able to portray setting of rot into the opulence with a sense of disbelief.
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For Ranveer Singh though, the occasion to deconstruct himself from the image that he had acquired through BAND BAAJA BAARAAT has not been that successful in LOOTERA, but it should go some way in deconstructing himself before the audience. Motwane, is the man of the moment, who indeed is the shining star in the world of Hindi cinema for quite a long time to come.
The challenge for LOOTERA however would be its slow pace, as it is quite antithetical to the fast pace that movies of the present times have acquired, but for the present young generation LOOTERA indeed is an opportunity to understand how romance is construed and constructed.