Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lootera Movie Review: Poetry In Motion

Sonakshi Sinha in Lootera
Before we left home I had warned my kids not to expect their kind of regular bollywood masala. No item songs. No comedy.  I was expecting requests for toilet breaks/something to munch or some such excuse to leave the hall. But not only they waited patiently for the interval but after the movie ended they wanted to watch it again. This to me is the biggest victory of team Lootera.

My daughter loved the film especially Sonakshi and her simple style while the son wanted a revisit for that tiny winy action-chase sequence. There was a group of youngsters which came hoping something else and left half-way through disappointed. But I believe they remain a minority.

What makes Lootera exceptional is the treatment of the story. You feel it is slow. But never for a minute you want to leave the hall. The movie may not have something for the mango people. But if they can appreciate the masala (leave your brains behind kind of films) they can survive this 135 minutes of pure, unadulterated emotions of love, hate, betrayal and loneliness.

Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh in a still from Lootera
As Pakhi and Varun, Sonakshi and Ranveer, are completely in control and you get the feeling no one else could have done justice. Sonakshi can be pardoned for her earlier masala outings and she is here to stay. Her future releases will be eagerly awaited. It helps that her next release is going to be Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaraa which is directed by Milan Luthria.

As for Vikramaditya Motwane: He is going to be in a different league after this. What makes his achievement more commendable is the impossible feat he has achieved with actors like Sonakshi and Ranveer. That perhaps is the biggest USP of the film.

The other two stars of the movie are its cinematography and music. They both complement each other so well that it becomes difficult to see them as two different components of a scene. Amit Trivedi once again proves his mettle with both the songs and the background score.

Lootera can be as commercial as any other movie and at the same time it has loads of Wow moments that makes it so different from the typical bollywood films. Go watch one of the finest love stories of the decade.