Movie Review: Lootera (2013)

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The year is 1953. A visiting archaeologist called Varun Shrivastav comes to the village of Manikpur in West Bengal to excavate the temple grounds of the local Zamindar. With knowledge and experience beyond his young demeanour, Varun greatly impresses the Zamindar and his family. Especially Pakhi, the Zamindar’s feisty and only daughter, who finds herself irrevocably drawn towards him.

But Varun isn’t all he seems on the surface. And as the simmering attraction between him and Pakhi leads to a tender and deep love, he is forced to choose between her and his past.Making his choice, Varun disappears. Pakhi struggles to move on with her life, determined to forget him and their relationship. Until one day, when he returns under the most extraordinary circumstances.

Inspired from O. Henry’s “The Last Leaf”, Lootera is the uplifting story of two lovers. Of heartbreak, betrayal… and ultimate redemption.

In his second outing, post-the critically acclaimed Udaan(2010), Motwane definitely shows an upward graph. He transports you to the ’50s effortlessly with his vintage cars, opulent havelis, authentic costumes and terrific performances from his lead cast. 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.


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Positive Reviews
5.0 “Lootera is an absolute masterpiece.”
Rediff: Raja Sen
4.5 “Lootera is a gift, wrapped beautifully in a box, with enough rewards that remind us why we like films in the first place.”
Rediff: Aseem Chhabra
4.5 “There are those extremely overlook-able glitches and a few moments where the pace drops a bit, but the film is alive in the beauty of its silence.”
Zee News
4.0 “LOOTERA is an intrinsically earnest and profoundly heartwarming story that stays in your heart.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “You may find this film boring if state-of-the-art, slow romance is not your idea of a movie outing.”
Times of India
4.0 “Lootera is a Bollywood miracle, mounted on a lavish scale but dares not to play by rules.”
NDTV Movies
4.0 “With a sinewy narrative and prodigious performances, especially from Sonakshi Sinha, this film can easily claim to be a plush masterpiece!”
4.0 “It’s not only a good cinema but also rewarding and inspiring something of a triumph.”
4.0 “Lootera is a classic love story, with some incredible performances. This one is a must, must watch.”
3.5 “It takes courage and clarity of vision to make a film like this.”
Daily Bhaskar
3.5 “It takes courage and clarity of vision to make a film like this.”
Daily Bhaskar
3.5 “If an artistic cinema is what attracts you and you loved Motwani’s last film Udaan, you can’t afford to miss this one.”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “LOOTERA could have been Bollywood’s Gone With The Wind.”
3.0 “The film is a visual delight and has a genteel old-world charm, but it might not appeal to everyone because of its slow pace.”
3.0 “Lootera has everything going for it right from the breath-taking cinematography, laudable acting to lilting music but just not the story. “
3.0 “Lootera stands apart from every Hindi film in the last decade at least. You wouldn’t want to miss such a unique cinematic experience.”
DNA India
3.0 “Truly, with just some more fluency in the dramaturgy and less self-indulgent pacing, ‘Lootera’ would have been unforgettable, deserving of an unconditional two, instead of a one thumbs up.”
Deccan Chronicle
3.0 “Lootera steals your heart.”
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