Drop whatever else you're doing, and soak in this love saga.
It has left me with some indelible scenes which are sheer poetry, but this is one of those films that I wanted to like much more than I did.
'Lootera' looks splendid, and despite the languorous tempo, you’re steadily drawn into a world where it was still feasible to fall in love at first sight. All the pros and cons considered, here’s a commendable labour of love, enhanced by Amit Trivedi’s music score. And once again, the director extracts impressive performances. Barun Chanda as the zamindar is believable. Ranveer Singh, using a subdued manner of dialogue pitch, is kept on a tight leash, leading to a correctly restrained performance. Sonakshi Sinha exudes sincerity and is convincing, especially when she dispenses with make-up and any traces of glamour.
A film, then, about life, love and leaves. And in the end it comes down to the sort of snow-surrounded tree that you can draw even if you've always had trouble drawing leaves. Magnificent.
There are films that leave such an impact on you that one wonders whether he/she should even write a review for it. Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Lootera’ is one such film. Calling it a film would probably be a deep injustice to it – it is nothing short of poetry on celluloid. ‘Lootera’ puts a dagger through the heart, makes it bleed profusely and then smears the elixir called love all over it.
Inspired from American author O. Henry's short story The Last Leaf, Lootera is a beautifully narrated, well-crafted love story that will make you fall in love with it again and again.
Flaws notwithstanding, Lootera is of a standard that’s inarguably higher than the Bollywood average. Here’s a director to watch out for. Behrman’s masterpiece came in The Last Leaf. Motwane’s is yet to come.
Motwane’s Lootera (a very fine follow-up to his outstanding Udaan) is lovely film, a blessing for fans of Bollywood who seek real, relatable characters, a meaningful story, a narrative that takes them on a romantic journey, filled with a lot of joy and balanced with some much needed sense of heartache.
Now the big question: will a film like Lootera work at the box office? The question is irrelevant. It wouldn’t matter, at least from the critical point of view, even if it were to fail to get its point across to an audience weaned on Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardar and suchlike. It would still be a magnificent film.
Every frame is a picture postcard. Sonakshi, Barun Chanda and Ranveer need special mention. However, be suitably warned; the old-world aura and the languid pace are not for the young and restless.
Lootera stands apart from every Hindi film in the last decade at least. You wouldn't want to miss such a unique cinematic experience.
Lootera is one film that will overwhelm you. Vikramaditya Motwane has given a seraphic piece that glorifies cinema itself. The narrative is framed on a devastative tapestry and the film’s climax knots up calamitously that will keep one absorbed. Sonakshi Sinha’s smashing performance is first rate and the film’s tone and timber is scrumptious! I am going with 4/5 for Lootera! Films like these have the milieu of a classic that shall soar its way to glories!
The good thing about Bollywood's GenNow top lot is most of them are trying to make a difference, beyond the obvious stardom circus. Lootera underlines why the standard Bollywood romance need not be about a crazed loverboy chasing the girl. Love stories, the film reminds you, can have layers too.
Both Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha are in for intense roles in Lootera who explore each other's feelings beautifully. The music of the film is breezy and touching. A well-crafted film by Motwane, definitely a must watch.
On the whole, LOOTERA is an intrinsically earnest and profoundly heartwarming story that stays in your heart. An absolute must for those who love romantic films or are romantic at heart. This one's a cinematic gem!
‘Lootera’ oozes with the allure of an old-world charm and Sonakshi befittingly plays the heroine of this epic drama. Vikramaditya Motwane’s subtle love story has an inherent appeal but is weighed down by a labored pace.
Audience Reviews for Lootera
Lootera directed by Vikramaditya Motwane was an instantly rare film which didn't choose the simplistic love story. It had a generic, but genuinely arresting first half, where these lovers- Pakhi and Varun, meet each other, thanks to an accident. This sets up a simplistic mood. However, the second half comes up as a pleasant surprise, as these lovers turn into the metaphors for unflinching love and separation. This is a rare kind of love story which thrills you with its consistent, melancholic tone. The performances by Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh make you stay with the film. I loved it. It was one of the most best Hindi films of the year 2013 after 'The Lunchbox'.
Rarely you get intimate with a feature film.
Love and love
Superb love story. Acting performence is outstanding. A good film to watch. Story is also praiseworthy.
"Lootera" directed by Vikramaditya Motwane is a beautifully directed movie.
Every set is a masterpiece itself. Sonakshi proves herself to be an elegant actress and the chemistry between lead pair is great. Ranvir singh is just increasing his level of acting. Cinematography is incredible and music by amit trivedi is perfect and its a rare flawless movie.
Poetry on celluloid
I give this movie a perfect score because it's a triumph for Indian filmmaking at so many levels. There is no melodramatic, over-the-top acting, no flamboyant palacial sets and no jarring song and dance sequences that are usually meant to fill a thin plot. Vikramaditya Motwane's film is art at its best. Acting is top-notch, especially Sonakshi's portrayal of Pakhi. A lot has been conveyed through facial expressions rather than dialogue. The pacing did not bother me at all because there is so much lyrical quality on screen that I'm glad it isn't rushed (unlike the music video pace that Bollywood has lately adopted). The Art direction gets my biggest applause for transporting the audience to the 50s with such careful attention to detail. Its not a fantastical environment like in Bhansali's 'Devdas'- rather it comes across as a well researched recreation of history. And Pakhi's wardrobe is completely drool worthy.
The inspiration from O. Henry's "The last leaf" comes only in the second half and it is interwoven extremely well with the rest of the story. The last 30 minutes do become predictable even if you haven't read the story, but that's excusable considering that you're watching poetry on celluloid.