Every once in a while there comes a film that leaves a lasting impression on your mind but fails to capitalize on it in the long run. Lootera is one such film that belongs to this genre. Lot have been written and said about Lootera and the film is aptly titled so. It loots away your thinking prowess and doesn’t let you wonder why you’re watching the film in the first place.
Director Vikramaditya Motwane who made a dream debut with his critically acclaimed Udaan that dealt with a sensitive issue fails miserably with his most anticipated follow up Lootera. The story lacks imagination and is too predictable at the end of the day. This kind of story would have worked wonders if it had come out in the 50s or 60s, the period the story is set in.
The screenplay and the dialogues are too linear and doesn’t really reflect the mood of the film except for the way Ranveer Singh speaks out his line – in dragging whispers! There is no substance to his dialogue (Anurag Kashyap) delivery but despite this flaw, both the lead casts of Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha stand out for their brilliant performances that diverts the mind from everything else. Add to it the postcard backdrops and you have a visually enhanced film that keeps your eyes glued to the silver screen.
Motwane did what he does best and that is bring out the best from his lead pair. Even the supporting casts doesn’t disappoint but alas, a film does not live by acts alone. Musically, the film has its highs and lows.
The film despite its flaws has been carved out of a scenic landscape for a niche audience. It moves at its own leisurely pace in a world devoid of television and social media. A world where radio was a constant companion, Lootera just whizzes past like a breath of fresh air. From the first half of the film where Ranveer as an archeologist Varun visits Sonakshi’s (Pakhi) house to seek permission from her landlord father to dig for a lost civilization on his property, the pace of the film goes a notch higher in the second half where Varun starts to play a game of cop-and-robber with the police who are on the lookout for him for stealing priceless artifacts.
On the brighter side, lots of detailing have gone in the making of the film to give it an authentic look whether it’s the use of the vintage cars to the house light bulbs and the old black electrical switches including the costumes of the actors. And this hard work is clearly visible on the big screen.
But be warned if you’re a lover of breezy romantic films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and the recent Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani, Lootera is not your cup of tea.