Lootera Movie Review
Balaji Motion Pictures is indeed going through its best phase with some piping hot films like LOOTERA, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI AGAIN slated for release in the near future. Talking about Vikramaditya Motwane, his directorial debut venture, UDAAN, might not be remembered for any memorable music but it was a rare critical and commercial success, starring mostly newcomers in lead roles. Cut to his next, LOOTERA, which stars the latest superstar in the making, Ranveer Singh, looking in awesome form, accompanied by ethnic beauty, Sonakshi Sinha and not to forget master actor Adil Hussain! The film is a love story and so one expects some nice melodious music from the new age composer-lyricist duo, Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya. So let's check out whether they will be able to handle an out an out romantic album with elan!
The album opens with the song already in the news and on the lips, 'Sawaar Loon', and one instantly falls in love with this superb love ballad that has an old world charm about it that suits the earthy Hindustani beauty, lead actress (Sonakshi Sinha) to the tee. The enchanting background musical arrangements (flute, organ, 'santoor', guitar) is spellbinding and so is Monali Thakur's flawless rendition. Amit-Amitabh carve out a gem; a song that will be remembered for a long time to come as a superb love ditty.
Next up 'Ankahee' is another example of classy and delightful musical arrangements, fine singing by Amitabh Bhattacharya and some thought provoking lyrics. The composition may be inspired to some extent in the 'mukhda' by 'Do Naina Ek Kahani' (MASOOM) but Amit's handling of the track is exemplary.
Swanand Kirkire and Amitabh Bhattacharya, two of Indian cinema's classy lyricists come together, not to pen a song but to render it, and the song is 'Monta Re'! History in the making! Indeed! A song with the rustic flavor of Bengal attached to it, not only in terms of tune but also for the intermittent use of comprehensible Bengali language, the number hooks the listeners. A really 'hatke' love song that is indeed highly addictive and one is reminded of the S.D. Burman days of yore through this lovely number.
Palkhi is dealt a double blow after the death of her father. To make matters worse, her health is deteriorating. She moves to another property of hers in Dalhousie. But as fate would have it, Varun and Palkhi come face-to-face with each other.
The cops are now on the lookout for him. She agrees to help at first, and then withdraws. After a chase down the alleys of Dalhousie where Varun accidently kills his friend and then a cop, the storyline breaks apart. Cracks appear in the narrative and you get the feeling that things are dragging a wee bit for your comfort.
Motwane eases on the pressure from the cops on Varun and focusses on the rekindling of his romance which is a little out of tune. To top it, Varun is shot in the stomach, and after 'self-surgery' and 'self-medication', he struts around without so much as being in discomfort. The last 20 minutes before the ending 5 minutes is where Motwane goes wrong.
LOOTERA could have been Bollywood's Gone With The Wind. But like the last leaf that is tied to the tree, the second half hinges on a plot that takes a nose dive after a breathtaking first half.
Vikramaditya Motwane ships you into another era, to a time when India has been set free from the Britishers. The year is 1953 to be precise. Zamindars are having the best of time, but targeting them (after a government order to take over a major part of their land) are white-collared crooks.
The premise is set, the grained texture on the screen takes you back in time and the subdued voice of Ranveer Singh, almost apologetic, very true to the character he plays of that era, is part of the brilliance. What blends to make this a poetry in motion on screen are the visuals, the background score that quietly goes about doing its job without much interfering in the narration, the screenplay and dialogue. Then there are also the character actors, all of who merge crisply.
There's the young actor Vikrant Massey who is like a breath of fresh air. Barun Chanda, who plays Sonakshi Sinha's father, is regal in his disposition as a zamindar and fluent as a father who loves his daughter immensely. Even if you want to just see his performance, LOOTERA is worth it. Adil Hussain and debutante Shirin Guha both leave a lasting impression without being overbearing. Of course, there is Ranveer Singh who is a class act and Sonakshi Sinha, who is getting better with every outing.
But for me the real hero of the film is Mahendra Shetty. Every scene is a picture, painstakingly painted. If the makers want to have an exhibition of LOOTERA, they will have hundreds of visuals and I dare say it will be a full house. Such is the intensity... each visual has its own narrative.
Varun (Ranveer Singh) arrives in Manickpur (West Bengal). He impresses the zamindar and is allowed to dig on his land for his project. Soon, Pakhi (Sonakshi) and he are drawn towards each other. While Palkhi falls 'head over heels in love', Varun is measured in his approach. There is something that is holding him back. But after asking for her hand in marriage, he disappears a night before. The zamindar is heart-broken.
At the interval things are just perfect... picture perfect!
- Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
- Actor: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain, Vikrant Massey and Shirin Guha
- Music Director: Amit Trivedi
- Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
- Release Date : 05 Jul 2013
- Movie Duration : 2h 16m