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In a village, a young archaeologist falls in love with a landlord's daughter. Their union seems doomed. But destiny brings them together a year later. Will they live happily ever after?
Lootera is a love saga of yore. The plot is an amalgamation of a story written by Vikramaditya Motwane with O' Henry's short story, The Last Leaf. It begins in Manikpur, West Bengal, in 1953.
A zamindar (Barun Chanda) dotes on his well-educated but impressionable girl, Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha). The landlord's Munim warns his master that courtesy the State Acquisition and Tenancy Act of 1950, zamindars like himself (read loyal to the British Empire) were losing their titles and prerogatives. But to no avail. The zamindar is visibly more concerned about his daughter's well-being, more so because she suffers from asthma.
A suave archaeologist, Varun (Ranveer Singh), enters the village seeking permission from the landlord to dig up a mysterious civilisation buried around his temple. As work progresses, love blossoms between Pakhi and Varun. The father of the bride agrees to their union but the young couple face other hurdles. From a simple love story the film assumes the shape of a thriller.
A year later, Pakhi and Varun (the Lootera) find themselves under the same roof, in snow-capped Dalhousie under extenuating circumstances. Their relationship is volatile, vile and vulnerable. Love him she does, but deep inside, she is nursing a grudge against him for stealing her heart, breaking her father's heart and letting their trust down.
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.
Lootera was one of the great film.I never get fed up even after watching it again and again.
Nice movie ,, a different story.
Lootera is a movie which shows cinematic brilliance on screen and apparently it brings a smile on your face as it is full of magical moments. It is really hard to describe those in words that is why I am not reciting any of those. Who said that the Romance genre has died in Bollywood. The first half of the movie is freshly written but the second half which was shot in Kashmir is adapted from O'Henry's short story The Last Leaf. Set in 1953-Manikpur it is a story of an ageing zamindaar who is struggling with the new law, which the government forbids everyone to do zamindaari. He loves her daughter Paakhi (Sonakshi Sinha) more than his life. And then comes Varun Srivastava (Ranveer Singh) with his friend as an archaeologist to find some remains of a dead civilization under Paakhi's father's land. It is then the joyride begins with so much detailing which is handled by Vikramaditya very efficiently. Each and every sequence of the movie is like a moving painting and is well shot that it feels so stunning and vivid, be it the Kashmir or the Manikpur part. Packed with powerful performances of Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha the movie ends up being a treat to watch with its supporting cast also doing a great job.