By Priyarupa Sinha ( L&T-MHPS)
Inspired by O Henry’s famous story ‘The Last Leaf’ and set in the era of the 1950s, against the backdrop of the Zamindari Abolition Act by the newly independent India, the film Lootera tells the story of a young archaeologist (Varun) and the daughter (Pakhi) of a Bengali zamindar.
Sonakshi Sinha plays Pakhi very well, creating a character who is charming and possesses casual, yet unmistakable, poise. There’s a discernible vulnerability to Pakhi throughout the film, and Sonakshi brings out this fragility perfectly without ever exaggerating it. Ranveer Singh plays Varun , the “lootera” who is torn between a calling and love. He delivers a nuanced act in the film and has kept his performance very real. The performances by Adil Hussain and Divya Dutta in supporting roles leave a long lasting impression and Barun Chanda as Pakhi’s father is extremely convincing.
Lootera eschews any melodrama and settles for an approach that embraces as much the complexities of human nature as the simplicity of myth. The musical score by Amit Trivedi and the lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya, are in perfect harmony with the film’s story track. The film transports you to the ’50s effortlessly with the vintage cars, opulent havelis, authentic costumes and terrific performances from the lead cast. Every frame is like a picture postcard.
All in all it is a magnificent movie and a must watch!