Lootera - Review

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Lootera reminds you of the times you have wondered, why people fall in love despite themselves.

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thehraav is the one word that kept coming to mind all through watching Lootera. Literally translated it means 'pause' or even 'permanence'. But a usage that applies better is when the word is used for notes to be held while singing. To keep the voice from cracking or going flat while holding a note, a singer needs control of breath and voice. This is the control you see in Lootera. And the moment you see yourself using a word applied to music, while watching a film, you know you are not watching just a film, it is poetry in motion. There are a few points which put you off what's going on but the beauty of the climax sets everything right.

I haven't seen a climax as mesmerising as Lootera's. It's not a twist, it's not a revelation. In fact, it is predictable. It is just pure love. It is a shame then, that the makers felt the need to explain it in such detail with flashbacks and repetitions. And I am in love with the finish, despite this reservation.

I am getting ahead of myself though. The first thing that should be told to people who want to know whether or not they should watch Lootera is that the film takes its slow pace very seriously. It is almost as if the makers want to push the envelope on how long a pause can be held, a scene can go on without background music, and so on.

It does help that the film is set in the 50s. The times when, most likely, people enjoyed their pauses. To top it off, you have a palace, the majesty of which is waning with the abolishment of the zamindari system. Amidst this is the daughter of a zamindar (Pakhi) who is falling in love with a guy who's job it is to take advantage of the zamindar's situation (Varun).

There is something not so old school about the way Varun's (Ranveer Singh) relationship with Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) develops. Sure, there are distances and awkward exchange of glances but there is also boldness about Pakhi's demeanour that you do not associate with the 50s. Yet, this does not take away from your experience. And of course, references to films and songs from that era take you charmingly back to the ambiance of the film.

Also, along with the 'paused' treatment, the film has a heavy grainy texture to add to the feel of that era - something reserved for flashbacks in films. You do feel like you are watching a two-hour long flashback, like someone has transported you to those times to narrate a story to you, that can be best enjoyed only if it is told only in that one tone. The camera complements this tone and moves like it is in love with its object. Be it Sonakshi or a street in Dalhousie or a barren tree.

The performances then are like the last cog that need to fit in well, to make this clock work. While one can say that both Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha got by with just one or two expressions, it would be unfair to them both. With the limited range that the roles offer, you don't know what to make of their performances. And when you don't know if an actor acted well or not, it is safe to say they did a darn good job. After all, you are rooting for Varun even though he has wronged other people grossly. You don't think Pakhi is being stupid when she is falling in love, despite herself. You know her confidence, you know her insecurity. And her elegance shines through both. A couple scenes between them will stay with me for a long time. The dialogue is kept simple. No way does it want to interfere with the silences, neither do you want it to. There is a little bit of fun thrown in every once in a while but it always keeps with the spirit of the film.

There are lapses in the way the story plays out and they are rather looming ones or rely heavily on coincidence. And yet, if you are in for a sweet-paced travel back to 60 years ago, you let go of those. If you want action and entertainment (in the funny fun sense of the word), you don't want to watch Lootera at all. It has no story, as such. Nothing is going to 'happen'. It is a simple love story.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A few gun shots. An open wound is shown, has potential to gross kids out.
  • Language: Clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One near kiss. A scene implies that a couple had sex.
  • Concept: That of the helplessness of love.
  • General Look and Feel: An era gone by.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 4
  • Story: 3.5
  • Lead Actors: 4
  • Character Artists: 3
  • Dialogues: 4
  • Screenplay: 3.5
  • Music Director: 4
  • Lyrics: 3.5

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Moviemagik:

lootera : movie is coming soon waiting for this, hope this will be good movie...................:) must watch

Nirmal:

why am I getting the feeling that this film will end up being rather boring while attempting to become a milestone in Bollywood!!

meetu:

@Nirmal oh no! I am getting a good feeling. Let's exchange notes later. :D

Anup:

a classic tale,,its like a
slow poetry going on,,,,to love a
stranger,,relation of father and
daughter who is ill,,cop vs hero
chase,,,,some political turns related to
zamidaars after india got independent
and some very shocking twists in
before interval....
The directer doesnt have hurry for
anything,,,,his execution for the movie
is very slow and motwane doesnt
bother this,,,,he is just concentrated
on what he want to show instead of
what audience wants to see... I m not a big fan of amit trivedi as a
music directer but believe me,,,,this
man has done a tremendous job in this
movie,,,,sawaar loon,,sikayatein and
zinda hoon mein are some songs like
which doesnt being discovered much
in bollywood,,,,background score is at
top notch,,,,in every second of the
movie the back ground score will tie u
up with the movie,,,,cinematography
is very beautiful,,,,ed
iting could have been a litl crisp in the
second half but its ok.... u know I was so much
shocked by seeing that sonakhi can
really act very well,,,,infact she was
the soul of the movie,,,,from a childish
girl who live with her farther in a
luxurious life to a girl who is fighting
for the living she was perfect,,,,and
same can be said for ranbir,,,,he really
have too much potential to go head to
head with the other actors in this
industry,,,,and vikrant as ranbir's frnd
was great,,,,he definatly will get more
role after this,,,,....this one is a must watch if not in big screen then at home,,,,but needs some patince,,,,
This movie show the era and way of making movies which bollywood have almost forgotten....

Anup:

a classic tale,,its like a
slow poetry going on,,,,to love a
stranger,,relation of father and
daughter who is ill,,cop vs hero
chase,,,,some political turns related to
zamidaars after india got independent
and some very shocking twists in
before interval....
The directer doesnt have hurry for
anything,,,,his execution for the movie
is very slow and motwane doesnt
bother this,,,,he is just concentrated
on what he want to show instead of
what audience wants to see... I m not a big fan of amit trivedi as a
music directer but believe me,,,,this
man has done a tremendous job in this
movie,,,,sawaar loon,,sikayatein and
zinda hoon mein are some songs like
which doesnt being discovered much
in bollywood,,,,background score is at
top notch,,,,in every second of the
movie the back ground score will tie u
up with the movie,,,,cinematography
is very beautiful,,,,ed
iting could have been a litl crisp in the
second half but its ok.... u know I was so much
shocked by seeing that sonakhi can
really act very well,,,,infact she was
the soul of the movie,,,,from a childish
girl who live with her farther in a
luxurious life to a girl who is fighting
for the living she was perfect,,,,and
same can be said for ranbir,,,,he really
have too much potential to go head to
head with the other actors in this
industry,,,,and vikrant as ranbir's frnd
was great,,,,he definatly will get more
role after this,,,,....this one is a must watch if not in big screen then at home,,,,but needs some patince,,,,
This movie show the era and way of making movies which bollywood have almost forgotten

Suman:

Direction: 4
Story: 3.5
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 3

Dialogues: 4
Screenplay: 3.5
Music Director: 3.5
Lyrics: 3.5

wow!! awesome climax QQ

Sammya Brata:

Well, I think I'm not overstating this! This is indeed a golden period of Bollywood; especially in the genre of depiction of love and fervor.

meetu:

@Anup Finally we agree!

@Suman Amazing, innit?

@Sammya great times, indeed!

Anup:

meetu - Its not like m always against u,,,,if it would have like that,,i was not prefering ur reviews over others....;-)

Murtaza Ali:

Very well written indeed... your thoughts seem to be in sync with my own thoughts. The biggest compliment that I can give is that there is nothing "Bollywood-like" about it... Lootera seems to carry the stamp of a quintessential art house product from European cinema. Vikramaditya Motwane and team need to be congratulated for their commendable effort!

Please take some time out to check my blog's review of Lootera:

http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/2013/07/lootera-2013-indian-filmmaker.html

vg:

Very good film. Loved it. Must watch in theatre.

meetu:

@Anup I know. I was just teasing ;)

@Murtuza Thank you ji! Will read your review too.

@vg Yep!

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