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Lootera Review

Critic Score 71

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Indicine | Indicine Team

Lootera is a terrific film to say the least. Vikramaditya Motwane has gotten almost everything right – the casting, the screenplay, the music, the sets, the production design, and the costume design. His assured direction made it all happen. Motwane is an auteur and he has the potential to end up as one of the greatest directors India has ever produced. Lootera is an intense love story that stays with you long after the film has been seen, and for that and that only it deserves huge credit.

80

Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

While Ranveer and Sonakshi anchor the movie with supreme performances, even the ones in supporting parts leave an ineradicable impact. Ranveer has been entrusted with a complicated character so early in his career. Besides playing an intense lover, he plays a reticent and brooding character, something he hasn't explored in his earlier films. And Ranveer makes the most of it by making the character come alive. The character has disconcerting shades and it is imperative that he uses his eyes to leave a mark, which he does so at a variety of stages. He's simply fantastic!

80

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Raja Sen

Either way, this is a film worth the grandest of larceny. Motwane's direction is so assured and confident that this scarcely feels like his second feature. The script is clearly one he believes in, and the film is resultantly free of false-notes. Even the few moments that feel like narrative missteps turn out to be masterstrokes. And, as exemplified by a breathtaking chase sequence that could result in any number of outcomes, Motwane sides with his story, not with any one of his characters.

100

Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Meena Iyer

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.

80

Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

Lootera uses silence and stillness wonderfully well. In such moments of repose, one can hear footsteps on a hilly pathway or a piece of paper being crumpled, and that is such a rarity in a Hindi film.

80

Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Aseem Chhabra

Motwane’s investment in the details -- the cars, the furniture and other artifacts in a Bengali landlord’s house, the costumes and the look of his characters becomes a part of his narrative. His players -- especially Sinha and Singh look like people from that era, very comfortable with their appearances and their surroundings.

90

Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

For long Sonakshi Sinha has been accused of taking up roles that of props in male oriented films and she shuts all her critics this time with stellar performance as she portrays a range of emotions effortlessly. Ranveer Singh too complements her well and gives laudable performance especially towards the climax of the film. You only wish he could deliver his dialogues with an open mouth for he mumbles most of the times.

60

Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

There's the young actor Vikrant Massey who is like a breath of fresh air. Barun Chanda, who plays Sonakshi Sinha's father, is regal in his disposition as a zamindar and fluent as a father who loves his daughter immensely. Even if you want to just see his performance, LOOTERA is worth it. Adil Hussain and debutante Shirin Guha both leave a lasting impression without being overbearing. Of course, there is Ranveer Singh who is a class act and Sonakshi Sinha, who is getting better with every outing.

60

Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Life | Shweta Parande

The lead pair’s chemistry is unique in its love-hate nature. But one feels let down by the lack of more romance in the film. Pakhi must’ve felt the same way when Varun deserted her, maybe? Since Varun is not back for Pakhi, but just happens to be with her again, rekindling of passion probably takes time. Still, scenes like the one where Varun forces an injection down Pakhi – with orgasmic effect – turns out well and shows more chemistry between Ranveer and Sonakshi than their much publicised ‘intimate’ scene.

60

Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Mohar Basu

Lootera is one film that will overwhelm you. Vikramaditya Motwane has given a seraphic piece that glorifies cinema itself. The narrative is framed on a devastative tapestry and the film’s climax knots up calamitously that will keep one absorbed.  Sonakshi Sinha’s smashing performance is first rate and the film’s tone and timber is scrumptious! I am going with 4/5 for Lootera! Films like these have the milieu of a classic that shall soar its way to glories!

80

Recommended
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed

Now, Motwane’s take seesaws between its several strengths and flaws. Clearly though, he hasn’t Bollywoodised the adaptation, constantly treading on the tightrope between the artistic and the commercial. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, the outcome is outstanding – particularly the choice of locations, costumes (but for the readers-don’t-digest kind of trendy footwear), the production design and above all,  Mahendra J Shetty’s cinematography.

60

Recommended
 
 
Indiaglitz | Vishal Verma

Beautifully written by Vikramaditya Motwane and Bhavani Iyer the movie moves like a poetry.. Vikramaditya Motwane as a director does an outstanding job by first impressing us with the eye, then entering into our minds till the first half... holding us by the throat in the second and finally entering into our heart by the ends reels.. the movie gets over on the screen but it we carry it in our hearts and we find layers in its due course... magic.

80

Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Ananya Bhattacharya

Sonakshi Sinha steps into the shoes of Pakhi and lets her character overpower everything else. Ranveer Singh leaves innumerable jaws down at the navel-level with his performance. Never for a moment does one feel that these are actors who are just about a handful films old in the industry. For both the leads, ‘Lootera’ is that life-defining watershed that every actor sees himself/herself achieve somewhere in the course of his/her journey to stardom.

90

Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Sarita Tanwar

It is clear from the start that this film is the kind of romance that can't be rushed, and won't be rushed. Director Vikramaditya doesn't dazzle you with great dialogues or attempt to impress with fifties' nostalgia. He is content just telling the story and bringing his old world characters to life. Lootera has all the right rhythms and it moves along without losing its conviction, and casting it's hypnotic spell. Before you know it, you are part of this bygone era.  It's a world where there is art and antiques, paintings and music, books and babus.

60

Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

But I wish Singh had been freed up more. His slate is bland. Much of the first half of the film is too, being revved up by its background music. The good parts of the film can be divvied up between cinematograher Mahendra Shetty's wizardry with the camera, the terrific, spot-on Barun Chanda, and Sonakshi Sinha. She plays Pakhi with surety, even when her eyes are too heavily ringed denoting sickness, channeling her emotions without holding back, allowing herself to get ugly while weeping. She is the real looteri; her Lootera should have had more heft. So should have the film. It has left me with some indelible scenes which are sheer poetry, but this is one of those films that I wanted to like much more than I did.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

This mainstream movie similarly has a stellar soundtrack, of course. There are some soothing songs. But no one lip-syncs to them. They play as background score. This automatically reduces the film’s length by at least half hour flat. The camera often freezes moments rather than bombarding images at the speed of thought. All this allows the actors few crutches to rest their talents or lack thereof on. The audience is forced to stare at them pretty much throughout. They ought to perform and evoke emotions.

70

Recommended
 
 
Economic Times | Gaurav Malani

The director clearly strikes the right chord with the audience and the sublime and surreal shade that he imparts to the story gives it a fairy-tale touch. The warmth he brings to the romance is directly proportional to the heavy snowfall in the midst of which the climax is set.

60

Recommended
 
 
Mumbai Mirror | Karan Anshuman

Motwane has taken more than a cue from Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the extravagant director he's assisted for over half a decade, and has drawn from his sense of aesthetic in Lootera. This is a purposive choice for a director who has now shown commendable range considering his excellent first film Udaan, as raw an indie can get. And yet similarities between the two films abound. Poignant moments are created by simply not thrusting Bollywood methodology in the filmmaking. Note for example how plot is secondary, it's the characters we're made to invest in. We're sympathetic to their effort to evince their internal battles in words in actions, both that are often knowingly repetitive and yet not jarring.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Yahoo | Rummana Ahmed

It was a brave choice by Vikramaditya Motwane to cast Ranveer and Sonakshi in ‘Lootera’ considering how their previous choice of roles has been over-the-top entertainers. Adil Hussain is proving time and again that he is one of the most bankable character artistes that we have at the moment; he manages to make an impression even in a cameo. Divya Dutt, on the other hand, was completely wasted in a part that felt incomplete and not-quite-thought-through.

70

Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Naresh Kumar Deoshi

Lootera works primarily because of the sterling performances by Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh. Sonakshi cruises her character curve from a chirpy, mildly-manipulative, madly-in-love girl to a devastated woman counting her last breaths, with a breathtaking conviction. Note her in the scene when a jilted Pakhi confronts Varun at his archeological site. Ranveer Singh, on his part, is mellowed almost to the point of sounding effeminate, and there’s as much unmistakable guile in his eye as honest love.

60

Recommended
 
 
Filmfare | Rachit Gupta

There’s one minor rough edge though. The ending is a bit of a misfit. Revealing any details would be giving away spoilers but the final cut at the end leaves you with an unrequited set of emotions. The reality would be a lot more inconvenient.

80

Recommended
 
 
Movietalkies | Joginder Tuteja

Eventually, Lootera turns out to be a classy offering from Vikramaditya who gives something different for a niche audience to saviour. However the ones who are going to benefit are Ranveer and Sonakshi for whom the film is going to be a good profile enhancer as 'portfolio strenghtening' affairs that would add credibility to their stint as actors.

70

Recommended
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

Both Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh are magical. Sonakshi is quite a revelation, especially in the second half. The second half could move you or disappoint you. There are morbid scenes like the close-up of a bullet wound and the character proceeding to remove the bullet from it. The dried-up tree symbolism is too cumbersome and gloomy. 

60

Recommended
 
 
IBN Live | Rajeev Masand

Moving without resorting to melodrama, 'Lootera' is bittersweet in the end. Formerly an assistant to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Motwane reveals the same command over technique, and a similar love for sweeping visuals. But unlike Bhansali's recent films, Motwane never distracts you with his tapestry.

80

Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Pooja Rao

A picture paints a thousand words. A moving reel of pictures tells a story. Vikramaditya attempts a fine try to weave together a gorgeous tale of deceit, compassion, love and life. Unfortunately in totality, a weak script and some average lines, the film ends up with a grainy texture one that doesn’t befit a masterpiece.

60

Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Shubha Shetty-Saha

In a case of fabulous casting, Sonakshi and Ranveer give their career-best performances. While Sonakshi surprises with the range of emotions in her repertoire, it is Ranveer who amazes you with a character that he plays with such aplomb that is in complete contrast to his real personality. He is someone to watch out for. Motwane, who debuted with the excellent 'Udaan', proves once again that sensitive story telling is his strongest forte. While in 'Udaan' he spoke about a father-son’s delicate relationship, in 'Lootera' he deftly presents the heart-breaking story of true love lost. Motwane’s love for the script and his confidence comes through in every scene. 

80

Recommended
 
 

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