After his successful debut with Band Baajaa Baaraat , an unassuming movie that surprised both the critics and box-office and followed by a forgetful Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Ranveer Singh gets an image makeover in Lootera, a period romance drama. The unconventional pairing of Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha has stirred the interests of the film aficionados.
The credit for this celluloid poetry and pairing goes to director Vikramaditya Motwane who made his debut with critically acclaimed Udaan.
Lootera is a beautiful canvas on screen, meticulously done, capturing every mood of the characters and the script. Before making his debut as director, Vikramaditya has been a long term associate of director Sanjay Leela Bansali and his on-screen poetic indulgence shows in this movie.
The directors vision has been ably supported by cinematographer Mahendra Shetty who has precisely brought alive the poignant story bringing every single details of emotion and expression. Joining the teamwork to perfection are Kazvin Dangor and Dhara Jain’s spectacular sets, and Subarna Ray Chaudhuri’s quaint costumes that takes us down to the 50’s era.
Period drama are not common are rare in Bollywood now and for audience who are used to romance embroiled in slapstick comedies or over-objecting parents and including fly-to-Europe for romantic song routines, Lootera will be a refreshing change.
The film is set in 1950’s West Bengal. Paki a young, feisty and only daughter of the village Zamindar living a serene life takes a detour with the arrival of an young archeologist, Varun Shrivastav. The dotting father is caught in the changes in an era that dealts a blow to the aristocracy and its legacy. Varun with his natural charm, expertise in his field and his passion for books and music he soon gets the attention of the entire family, especially the gullible Pakhi.
Hidden behind his charm and endearing face is hidden another side to him. Caught between love and his real identity he chooses to leave her, leaving Pakhi devastated and struggling to cope up with deceit, honour and love. In a different place and in an unexpected circumstances, he returns again.
Sonakshi who so far just had to content with being a doll on-screen and gyrating to songs sequence is a revelation here and flourishes in her poignant and challenging role. For Ranveer Singh in spite of his occasionally noticeable flaws, Lootera will be a milestone in his career he will long cherish and change how the industry perceives him.
Lootera is a remarkable movie, unraveling a celluloid canvas on screen carefree of what world might perceive it, which is very rare in Bollywood these days. We need such movies to remind us that there is a film making beyond the popcorn entertainers and no-brainers we are often exposed to.