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Lootera reminds you of the times you have wondered, why people fall in love despite themselves.Read more
The last thing you'd expect after watchng Vikramaditya Motwane's Udaan is his next film to be a romance. Or for it to star Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. But hey, here you have it and just this bit makes you look forward to it.
However, the second trailer got my curiosity and I'm now looking forward to it. It sounds and feels like a tragedy that will suck you in. The situation, of a guy who fakes love for whatever reason and inevitably falls in love with the girl who he was trying to fool, isn't novel at all. In fact, we have had Ranveer Singh himself do it in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. But, the treatment, the halted pace suck you in.
The music seems to have been loved across board. Oh, wouldn't it be nice to have two lovely romances in a span of one month!
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
dunkdaft - "Still, this is one 'must hear' soundtrack, that shows how versatile AT can be."
FirstPost - "If Lootera's soundtrack had any other music director's name on it, then all of these songs would have thrilled all of us. For Trivedi though, perhaps unfairly, the standards are higher and we want every song to be strikingly original and memorable."
IBN Live, IANS - "3.5/5"
koimoi - "4/5"
Milliblog - "Trust Amit to spring back with a vengeance from his recent middling state!"
Music Aloud - "8.5/10"
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
Thumbs up, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Zest and verve of the kind we get in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani are what Bollywood romances usually aim for these days. Lootera is different. It’s reflective, gentle, lyrical and reads like a letter to our hearts.... full review
So-So, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Because Lootera is a clutter-breaker, so good-looking and made with such an eagerness to please, it deserves a look, but be prepared to be underwhelmed... because masterpieces happen, they are not planned.... full review
So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Lootera has everything going for it right from the breath-taking cinematography, laudable acting to lilting music but just not the story. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Lootera too is heart-breaking in its own way––to think of the film he might have made if greater care was taken in telling a story with feeling rather than merely painting a pretty canvas!... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The adaptation is constructively flawed, where the character and nature of the milieu lie forgotten in the cut-out characterisations.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...This is the kind of film you might get bored watching in the theatres but find your mom crying to, when it plays on TV. Maybe it’s generation gap, maybe a threshold for patience...... full review
zankhnashah: Unspoken love yet poetic! #Lootera
zah_rawr: Lootera was the cutest, saddest love story ever. #imcrieyn
Yadu_Naveen: What a beauty!!! An epic Canvas!!!.... An art movie better than bollywood masala. #Lootera
varundevineni: #Lootera Superb movie....
vaidehivishxo: Lootera was great! @aishaaalsaleh you have to watch itt :o x
TussharSasi: Watched #Lootera the night before and effect still lingers on. Pleasantly so :-)
Toobiesiddique: Better watch lootera!!
therando7: Lootera time! So excited!
TheBrownShirts: Just watched #Lootera. So meaningful. Silenced. No words.
swaggyylicious: Lootera ... really nice movie . Spellbinding, mesmerizing !!! #epicSaga
sohilganeriwala: lootera is a wonderful, sweet and a simple movie, hats off to Vikramaditya Motwane.
sksami123: #Lootera is like water colors.The more u spread them, the more beautiful the painting looks.What a Beautiful silent love story. Beautiful
sirmoorian: #Lootera awesome movie...mesmerizing.....you nailed it guys kudos...@sonakshisinha @RanveerOfficial
SirfMayuR: #Lootera is superb! Smooth n touchy. Loved each n every moment. Properly weaved n undoubtedly super performance by Ranveer N @sonakshisinha!
ShootingSultan: #Lootera classic! must watch!
shivanirim: Oohhh Beauty #lootera
shivangibhayana: Absolutely loved every moment of #Lootera! Brilliant performances by every1 but for me it was @sonakshisinha who stole the show!
shash_jais: Lootera is amazing.. a masterpiece.. but not for everyone :) i loved it.. ! <3 <3
SenPrantiks20: Jst watched Lootera! Osam movie! Acting & story is d usp of d movie, Hv 2 say Ranveer singh is a gud actor, gud job by d team of Lootera!
sansach: Lootera....again wat is expected from Vikram Motwane after Udaan......beautiful movie...a masterpiece...
samakbani: Watched Lootera Movie Tonight! Awesome movie!!!
saadsiddiqui86: Lootera, party& farm house. .a wonderful weekend comes to end. .enjoyed alot
roc_hell: #Lootera Truly a classic masterpiece.
richapatwari: Loot liya mera dil#Lootera
reshie2000azian: Just finished a cinematic experience. #lootera #RanveerSingh. What a versatile actor. brought out the passion of luv with silence.
rashiagarwal_02: #Lootera Pleasing Experience!! ♪Sawar Loon.. ♪Shikayatein.. A Beautiful Old School Romance!! Loved @ranveerofficial Brilliant Acting!!
rashee_24: #Lootera a rare Bollywood film wid impressive storytelling style..beautiful mix of art, poetry, love, passion and music....in hangover :)
RAHULBISARIA2: blown away by #Lootera .. simply outstanding movie. Brilliant job done by the actors and the directors.
rahmanology: So many <3 's, must be good :-P "@shash_jais: Lootera is amazing.. a masterpiece.. but not for everyone :) i loved it.. ! <3 <3"
QuarkNinja: #Lootera was kinda nice - slow paced, very retro and picturesque. Worth a watch if you appreciate such stuff. :)
priyomabasu: A beautiful movie - #Lootera!
PreetiPhalke: #Lootera surprisingly poetic! Amazingly romantic. Unbelievably enigmatic. Such maturity in performances and direction. Totally happy!
pratikcorleone: The art n sheer genius of vikramaditya motwane the spellbinding visuals by m shetty music by amit performance super what u wnt mre #Lootera
poornimarathore: Absolutely loved #Lootera! Such a beautiful film. Loved the music and the spaces! Ranveer Singh is such a stunner!
piyush_33: #Lootera is an artistic, romantic, beautiful, hatke love story .. Way much better than commercial movies these days !!
Piyu044: Everyone must watch #Lootera Its such a Beautiful Film! Awwwwsum Acting by @sonakshisinha n @RanveerOfficial :-)
PHOTY2004k: A movie straight from heart,Super music and Absolutely Flawless direction #Lootera
pawankulkarni: CALM n PURE cinematic aura of lootera is worth watch. Worth watch SUPERB ART execution,MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY n Great Camera work.
parichayswarup: Thought #Lootera was absolutely amazing. No overacting. The right pace. The right story. Such a beauty especially after that Bling Ring shit
niteshkumar2811: Great music, fabulous performances and great direction. Really a heart stealer.. #Lootera
NishiDoogal: Saw #lootera last night, absolutely incredible. So happy for Hindi cinema! @RanveerOfficial @sonakshisinha just amazing. Yes!
nirdeshak: Vikramaditya Motwani thank you so much for giving us #Lootera
nilu197: How can people not like Lootera?
NarmeenH: #Lootera a must watch! @sonakshisinha never looked more beautiful :)
NabsUsmani: Lootera.. Definitely worth a watch...! Vikramaditya Motwani.. Job well done
miinsiin: Just watched #Lootera ..#VikramadityaMotwane ..#AmitTrivedi...Bows !!! More of an experience instead of calling it as just a mere movie..
MaxineIF: I did manage to watch Lootera this weekend. Lovely movie. Evocative. Like staring at a Monet for hours. Restful first half 1/2
Mathur_Sai: Lootera is a poetic picture painted with utmost care and perfection!! Vikramaditya Motwane.. Take a bow sir!!
Manoj100: Saw Lootera. Amazing movie. Bit slow. But excellent direction and acting by everyone. What a love story.
ManishWolvi: #Lootera is a masterpiece, jisse log yaad rakhenge
ManishKiishore: What a film by Vikram Aditya Motwani " lootera " , its beyond bollywood standards !! superb
manishbatavia: Tasalli se banayi gayi film, jisey itminaan se dekhna zaroori hai. Sonakshi-Ranveer excel! #Lootera
mainbhiengineer: #Lootera is an excellent example of film making, how a single line story can be converted in a beautiful film.
LiveAshish: #lootera is fabulous. Slow paced love story :)
KommmanMan: Lootera, a poetic beauty. A three frame story expressed as a Romantic Extravaganza, very beautifully by all the actors!!
komalsharma_ks: #lootera - romance at its best! A perfect evening spent.
kbhargavi_reddy: Lootera.... Very touching movie
karthevil: #Lootera the best movie I have seen this year. Cinematic brilliance. Perfection in all the fields can be witnessed. A big thks to the team
JimboSheltonp: A movie straight from heart,Super music and Absolutely Flawless direction #Lootera
JashanSGrewal: Watched #Lootera last night! Definitely1of d best films of recent times! @sonakshisinha was brilliant while @RanveerOfficial was excellent!
jaiarjun: Lootera is a lovely big-screen film in so many ways, though the 2nd half felt a bit contrived. Some thoughts: http://jaiarjun.blogspot.in/2013/07/love-across-dimensions-on-vikramaditya.html
jaffer48: A movie straight from heart,Super music and Absolutely Flawless direction #Lootera
iamaaastha: Zinda hoon yaar kafi hai... #Lootera simply loved it.. strong very strong...
HerschheONit: It was more of an experience than entertainment. #Lootera
gauravkucheria: The movie is a #lootera .It steats ur heart..beautiful direction ...rather its craftmanship nt direction..
fahimshai: What a cinematic joy! A must watch movie #Lootera
emilynice167: Such a beautifully poetic film, carried solely on the director's shoulders. And believes in the intelligence of his audience. #Lootera
EkHaiVICKY: 'Mujhe chhod do mere haal pe, Zinda hoon yaar kaafi hai' #Lootera LOVED the movie, despite being very very slow :)
divya_infinity: The Last Leaf by O. Henry has been my all time favourite short story.Very well adapted into the movie #Lootera. A very good movie.
divadshetty: Loved Lootera...
directordhruv: Certain movies will capture our inner feelings and emotions so deep so that we feel like falling in love again and again... #Lootera #Film
DestoDp: Lootera quit good... I've enjoyed...
Demon_ryder: Not just the music, the visuals or the story, above all there was a life, emotions is all about screenplay in #Lootera. Simply classic !!!
connectpinaki: Lootera, a poetry on screen, amazing screenplay, nicely shot, brilliantly performed. Now here is a film for the world from India.
CacklerRaj: #Lootera is a blessing to hindi cinema. Poetry beyond words! :')
bilaltak192: #Lootera magic still on... Watched it once again. This tym i found it more beautiful then before @sonakshisinha simply loving you.
bhargava_rajeev: Lootera the movie was beautiful...
Bhaktiarora: #Lootera felt like a classical novel, though it would probably have been better if I had not read The Last Leaf
bavlichhori: 3 days later, #lootera still stays with me
Ayee_Mishti: Lootera was actually a really good movie tho
Anjuherself: Loved #Lootera. One of the best love stories made in recent times. Classic. Good acting, great writing, and perfect direction!!
anijay: #Lootera Slow & steady, a beautiful love story. Loved it for bringing back the love of past era.. long & strong. Kudos Vikramaditya Motwane!
AngryAditi: At the same time, just saw Lootera! Absolutely beautiful!!
aktalkies: Lootera is achingly romantic.
abdulhadi_libra: another classy , deep, intense love story after a long time #Lootera #Bollywood
ABAB1: Btw also went to see #Lootera after sky diving. A beautiful piece of art it is. ..I loved it. Its like those short sweet sorties beautifully
aanchalroadie8: #Lootera brilliant film
Vikas_Lakhanpal: #Lootera 1st Half promising, Second half exteremly annoying. Overall pretty average movie!!
ronoberai: #Lootera Great direction and cinematography by Vikramaditya Motwane ! And soul soothing music too ! Though Story wasn't that good ! #India
NishaPatelPatel: Lootera was better than I thought, but wasn't the best
iamfarrukh: I had high expectations and I did love the look of the movie along with the music. Some parts were very good but not enough to save Lootera.
Aadii_: Lootera,a movie about a thief who falls in love with lanlords daughter during one of his cons.Later he is shot dead for his crimes. Average
Whosane86: #Lootera sucks bigtime ..... Plz koi dekhne mat jaana
vineetvelandy: Loot jao par Lootera na dekhne jao..
pavanvoice: it seems i am the only one who was disappointed with lootera movie ... #ThinkDifferent
MrAsian_: As my contribution towards society let me give you all a suggestion. Do not watch Lootera.
KayB: Lootera was boring. Call it "cinematographically magnificent, a piece of art" and what not, the fact remains that it was sooo boring!
jaypeechats: #lootera is disappointing. Its very slow running. Even tortoise can win the race with it.
iamanuran: watched lootera, such a boring movie.. :/
Gauribee: Saw #Lootera last night Koi paise Bhi de dekhne ko toh mat dekhna!!
dreamerzclub: #Lootera is a painting. #Lootera is a poem. #Lootera is falaana. Ghanta..entertainment kidhar hai? m i payin 250 bucks for watchin a poem?
Ayushman16: looteRa 2 slow yaaR disgusting :-[
anubha_sinha13: #Lootera - Horrible film !!! One need not sit through such a elaborate 50's bong setup only to verify O Henry's Last Leaf on celluloid.
AanchalSharma_: #Lootera was so disappointing, the ending ruined the whole movie, not to mention how long it is .. -_- @justina00427 don't watch it #Waste
Not Interested in Watching, by nirmal : boredom written all over the trailer.. atleast to my eyes!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Murtaza Ali : An exceptionally well made romantic period drama
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sammya Brata : My Insights are here: http://www.deckleedge.info/2013/07/lootera-love-has-found-its-way.html
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Showmic
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vikas
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