Lootera Review

Ehraz Asmad Zaman
  • 4.5/5
A beautiful period romance for people who aren't in a hurry

The greatest love stories are the ones that make you root for the lovebirds, however, contrasting their destinies may seem to you. Romeo and Juliet, Laila and Majnu, or even Rose and Jack from Titanic, all the three love stories make you pine for the central characters to live together happily ever after. Joining this list is Varun and Pakhi, the central characters of Vikramaditya Motwane’s epic period romance, ‘Lootera’. Lootera is a rare gem of a film that mingles all the aspects of filmmaking seamlessly to give us a beautiful and scathing romance.

Set in post-independence India, Lootera is about Varun Srivastava, a charming young man who claims to be an archeologist, who knocks at the door of an aristocrat named Soumitra Roychaudhary in search of an age-old attic. There he meets the daughter of Soumitra named Pakhi. Slowly over evening walks and painting lessons, Varun and Pakhi fall in love with each other. However, their destinies take them to different places. The story is simple but the screenplay beautifully merges the simplistic story with beautiful and dignified details that makes the film all the more beautiful. The film focuses on the inner dilemma of the characters rather than stuffing the narrative with external information. At the surface, Lootera may seem like a simple period romantic film, but there’s a whole treasury of emotions and nuances stuffed inside it. The film thus asks its viewers to peel its layers to find greater meaning into each characters’ motivations. There’s a proud aristocrat whose heart breaks into a million pieces, a loyal friend, a cocky inspector, a sympathetic manager and at last a hanging leaf. With a beautiful screenplay by Vikramaditya Motwane, Bhavani Iyer, and Anurag Kashyap, Motwane makes another winning film. Each frame of Lootera appears to be a painting and each shot speaks volumes. Lootera has been scored by yet another genius whose work seems to be getting better with time, Amit Trivedi. He weaves beautiful songs into the narrative which elevates the experience of watching the film. Coming to the performances, Ranveer Singh as Varun gives a beautiful and subdued performance, speaking more with his body language and pained eyes than with dialogues. Sonakshi Sinha gives her best performance as Pakhi, a torn writer struggling with respiratory disease. With all this, Lootera is on its way to becoming a cult classic in near future.