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 élan!
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. CHECK OUT: Karan Johar - Ranveer-Sonakshi's chemistry in LOOTERA exudes silent sensuality
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.
At the interval things are just perfect... picture perfect!
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. CHECK OUT: Sonakshi Sinha fumes on rumors of her intimate scenes
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.
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain, Vikrant Massey and Shirin Guha
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Music Director: Amit Trivedi