Lootera movie review: The classic love story mesmerises, but does not overwhelm!

Fri, July 5, 2013 12:05pm UTC by 14 Comments
Lootera movie review

Actors Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh are at their best, but the old world charm of Lootera works only to an extent

A glimpse of Vikramaditya Motwane’s love story Lootera‘s first look itself made a good impression in an average movie buff’s mind, and there was an eagerness to know what the film would be like. In the promos and posters, hottie Ranveer Singh and classic beauty Sonakshi Sinha looked like they were made for each other. But their romance in the film is not that perfect – in fact, far from it. There’s young love, heartbreak, longing and closure.

The story of Lootera is set in 1950s Manikpur in West Bengal. Pakhi (Sonakshi), a graceful yet playful zamindar‘s (Barun Chanda) daughter who is deprived of romance. Varun (Ranveer), an archaeologist who wants to dig up her family’s property and uses that as an excuse to stay with them. Pakhi falls for Varun’s quiet charm, and love blossoms amidst the couple’s silences and painting lessons. But it seems too good to be true, and Varun’s real identity devastates Pakhi and her father. The lovers separate, only to reunite by chance in Dalhousie. And this time, Varun does not want to turn his back on Pakhi, even if that means risking his life.

Sonakshi is very convincing as Pakhi, the beautiful, mischievous child woman who falls hopelessly in love with a handsome man she knocks down with her car. Her character is dignified but has child-like emotional intelligence. And yet, when her world turns upside down, an ailing Pakhi takes it in her stride, concentrating instead on finishing her book – and waiting for ‘the last leaf’ to fall from the tree, so she could be at peace.

Ranveer makes for a very pretty frame. He expresses through his eyes and is also good in the action sequences. But acting-wise, one feels he just followed the director’s orders and didn’t push the envelope.

The lead pair’s chemistry is unique in its love-hate nature. But one feels let down by the lack of more romance in the film. Pakhi must’ve felt the same way when Varun deserted her, maybe? Since Varun is not back for Pakhi, but just happens to be with her again, rekindling of passion probably takes time. Still, scenes like the one where Varun forces an injection down Pakhi – with orgasmic effect – turns out well and shows more chemistry between Ranveer and Sonakshi than their much publicised ‘intimate’ scene.

Motwane takes inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore, and O Henry’s The Last Leaf for the story. For filmmaking inputs, it’s Guru Dutt and Satyajit Ray. It’s obvious how much Motwane enjoyed making this movie, using old-world cinematic language to bring home the point. No frame is wasted.

Poetic cinematography by Mahendra Shetty makes even the bland sequences in the movie stand out. Among the supporting cast, TV actor Vikrant Massey as Varun’s friend Deb is a discovery. Arif Zakaria, Adil Hussain, Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Barun Chanda perform well, but a talented Divya Dutta seems to be wasted.

The songs of Lootera blend with the story, and thankfully there’s no running around trees in the snow-clad Dalhousie. The background score works well and gives you the feeling that you are watching a Hollywood classic. The set design, costumes and production are near-perfect. So what goes wrong?

The movie might be set in the ’50s but giving the pace of that era to the story might not work with the younger audience, who will be yawning, and yearning for speed to the proceedings. Also, (spoiler ahead) people are now getting tired of seeing a ‘hatke‘ end to every movie they watch these days. Time for some ‘And they lived happily ever after’ films to make a comeback.

Lootera will stay with you if you like to see classic, slow romances that take time to unfold and invariably have some tragic element. If you don’t like such films and prefer the gloss and glamour of say, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, then skip this one.

Rating: 3 out of 53 Star Rating

Reviewed by Shweta Parande

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  • Ihatelootera

    Looks like paid publicity ! The movie is pathetic , boring , senseless !

    • Kaleem Ulah

      you are absolutely right. time wasting, and super bakwas.

  • SACHI

    THIS MOVIE IS A MASTERPIECE…A POETRY IN MOTION !!! VIKRAMADITYA HAS REALLY PERFECTED EVERY SCENE TO RECREATE THE MAGIC OF 1940”S…THE LOVE STORY IS SIMPLE , SUBDUED (ALMOST WHISPERING LOVE IN YOUR EARS)..ITS LIKE SOMEONE PAINTING A LANDSCAPE OF LOVE..IN ITS OWN SWEET TIME..EVERY STROKE OF PAINT BEING APPLIED WITH NO URGENCY TO FINISH IT..AND THE STORY TAKES ITS OWN SWEET TIME TO WHISPER LOVE IN YOUR EARS !! BOTH RANVEER AND SONAKSHI HAVE WORKED ON THEIR LOOKS TO LOOK THE PERIOD OF 40”S…ACTING IS GOOD, BUT IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE ROLES WERE PERFECTED BY THE DIRECTORS CUT !! ALL SAID..STILL IF YOU HAVE READ THE NOVEL FROM WHICH THIS MOVIE IS INSPIRED..SOMETHING STILL APPEARS MISSING..BUT A GREAT EFFORT TO INDIANIZE THE FOREIGN NOVEL !!

  • raghuvir

    Its a disappointment.There is no chemistry between the duo,acting is average.On the whole the movie doesnt appeal to youth.

  • avinash luha

    “Lootera” is the Remake of” FANAA”of Amir khan and kajol .So in my opinion “RANJHNAA” is the Best movie to Watch

  • KS

    very slow movie.. it seems like we were watching since last one week.

  • shubham

    i agree with u…..came out of the hall during inteval first time in life, was so bored…!!

  • zakir hussain

    1950 का बंगाल। एक जमींदार, उसकी बेटी पाखी और अपने खाली केनवास में रंग भरने आया एक परदेशी। जिसके केनवास पर अनायास ही प्यार की कुछ कविताओं से चित्र अंकित होते चले जाते हैं। फिर होती है एक लूट जिसमे जमींदार की दौलत और उसकी बेटी पाखी का दिल लुट जाता है। परदेशी गायब हो जाता है। केनवास से रंग उड़ जाते हैं और साथ ही जमींदार की साँसे और पाखी के सपने भी।
    सपनों से पीछा छुड़ाने की चाह लिए पाखी डलहौजी पहुँच जाती है, जहाँ बर्फ है… एक पेड़ है और पतझड़ का मौसम। हाँ एक खिड़की के पीछे से उस पेड़ को तकती, उसकी गिरती पत्तियों को देखती बीमार पाखी के कुछ सपने भी वहीँ हैं। इन सपनों के बीच ओ हेनरी की एक कहानी ‘ द लास्ट लीफ ‘ भी हैं। इसके बाद है एक इन्तजार – पाखी को पेड़ की आखरी पत्ती के गिरने का … ताकि उस पत्ती के साथ वो भी ख़तम हो जाए। पुलिस को इन्तजार है उस लूटेरे का और खाली केनवास को एक बार फिर इन्तजार है परदेशी की मास्टरपीस पेंटिंग का। परदेशी आता है, और…।

    दरअसल लूटेरा एक धीमी पिच वाला उदास रोमांस है। हमारे छायावादी कवियों की किसी कविता जैसा। जिसमें प्रकृति है… मौसम है और उदासियाँ है…. और इन सबके बीच पनपता हुआ एक अनोखा प्रेम.

  • jaanvi jamwal

    hmm…lootera is a simple sweet but quite impressive story which reflects the emotin of love n hate .all the actors did justice to their roles.and location used in it help to recreate magic of natural n pure india. love is they way it reflected in the movie it never comes to end

  • abha

    actually it is an art movie…
    slow motion picture if u feel dis movie u will love it alot
    nd all movies r like dhinchak types entertainer comedy mixing tadka bt dis one is slow aritistic movie nd ranbeer sonakashi is awesome in deir acting
    nd jo calm nd mature honge unhe jarur acha lagega bt jo immature ho ge unhe bore hi lagega

    • Kaleem Ulah

      I think you did not see art movies, because you appreciate a tremendous bakwas movie, a poorest and worst performance by Ranveer singh. Totally time wasting.

  • Kaleem Ulah

    Lootera is a complete bakwas movie, time wasting, a worst performance by Ranveer singh too. I think he should need to go and learn from an academy.

  • Meez

    Being a teen this movie appealed to me the most this year!!i think some people are now used to crappy and stupid movies that make no sense..sorry to break your hearts but shahrukh khan does not have to be in the movie to make it a hit! Chennai express is nothing infront of this reality loving movie! Something so close to reality and beautifully depicting the signs of love!! Its boring for those who live in fantasies!wonderful direction, the cast did fit their roles pretty well! They could have used better actors but these two did their job very well!! Should actually be a hit!!

  • Kashif

    One of the Best Bollywood Movie, This is the 2nd movie i love after Rockstar of Imtiaz Ali, it touch / pull the strings in deep of your Heart. Really RockStar and Lootera is the Best Films ….Only some peoples can understand this ….!


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