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By Gitanjali Chak Email By Gitanjali Chak
August 2013


Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh, Vikrant Massey
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Music Director: Amit Trivedi

Lootera is a poignant piece of poetry on celluloid, and while it may fall short of being a masterpiece, it is still a magnificent work of art. Now, how many Bollywood films can you say that for? Inspired by O. Henry’s short story, "The Last Leaf," director Vikramaditya Motwane, shunning melodrama, weaves a quiet tale of love, betrayal, and finally, redemption that leaves you with a smile as well as a tear.

Set in the Bengal of the 1950s, the film narrates the story of Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha), the feisty but ailing daughter of Zamindar Roy Choudhury. She falls in love with Varun Srivastava (Ranveer Singh) who claims to be an archaeologist. Stolen glances, painting lessons, and car rides lead to the blossoming of tender feelings of love between the two. But there is more to Varun than meets the eye and on the eve of their engagement ceremony, he disappears, only to come back into Pakhi’s life later in the most unusual of circumstances.

Both Sonakshi and Ranveer step out of their comfort zones here and surrender themselves to the director’s creative vision. Sonakshi, especially, is a revelation and while her performance is not stellar, she does rise admirably to the challenge, showing she can handle serious roles effortlessly, too. While Ranveer’s act in the first half is understated, he excels in the emotional scenes towards the end.


1. Badtameez Dil (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
2. Tum Tak (Raanjhanaa)
3. Tum Hi Ho (Aashiqui 2)
4. Jeene Laga Hoon (Ramaiya Vastavaiya)
5. Sawaar Loon (Lootera)
6. Ambarsariya (Fukrey)
7. Zinda (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
8. Yamla Pagla Deewana (Yamla Pagla Deewana 2)
9. Babli Badmaash (Shootout at Wadala)
10. Allah Meherbaan (Ghanchakkar)



1. Raanjhanaa
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
3. Lootera
4.Aashiqui 2
5. Fukrey
6. Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
7. Ghanchakkar
8. Go Goa Gone
9. Shortcut Romeo
10. Shootout at Wadala


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