ETimes Decoded: Revisiting Pakhi and Varun's tragic, yet hopeful love saga in Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera | Hindi Movie News - Times of India

Ranveer Singh is at present driving on an unmatched skilled excessive. Barely had his enjoyable loving, loud however coronary heart of gold Rocky from RARKPK had an opportunity to catch a breather, the actor will now step into the sneakers of Shah Rukh Khan (and Amitabh Bachchan) as Don in Farhan Akhtar’s Don 3, to be out in 2025.

Revisiting his profession, the actor has been the grasp of disguises, proper from the rakishly evil Alauddin Khalji in Padmaavat to an virtually clone of Kapil Dev in 83.

A simmering of his extra relatable characters, just like the lanky Bittu from Band Baaja Baaraat and the wealthy brat Kabir from Dil Dhadakne Do added extra gravitas to his filmography, however one position that he was unanimously liked for was an entire antithesis to his actual life – the broodingVarun in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera reverse Sonakshi Sinha (2013).
Utterly devoid of mainstream, business trappings of Bollywood that Ranveer is synonymous with, Lootera’s Varun is quiet, understated and intensely restrained, all adjectives one wouldn’t affiliate with Ranveer by a mile. And this in itself, makes the character heartwarming and Ranveer, an ideal match for the position.
This Vikramaditya Motwane masterpiece may be greatest described as a poetry in prose – soothing, cathartic and joyful, with songs that hang-out us until date. Partially based mostly on O Henry’s brief story, The Final Leaf, the film is predicated out of the picturesque city of Manikpur, West Bengal in 1953, the place landlord Soumitra Roy Chaudhary lives in a haveli together with his daughter Pakhi, a painter, who suffers from bronchial asthma. The 2 have created their very own world, as Soumitra usually narrates to her the story of the invincible king of the Bhil tribe whose soul resided inside a parrot, telling her that she is the parrot inside whom his life resides.
Quickly, a younger, good-looking man Varun, claiming to be an archaeologist, comes into their life and befriends Pakhi. The younger, naive Pakhi falls virtually instantly in love with him, as the 2 go round taking nature walks below the balmy solar, with Pakhi educating Varun portray, as he expresses his want to quickly create that one elusive masterpiece portray in his life.
Varun will get drawn to her as nicely, however is conflicted, as in actuality he’s no archeologist, however a conman who finally has to take the tough resolution of deserting her on the eve of their wedding ceremony, leaving Pakhi heartbroken. Quickly, unable to take the shock, Soumitra Das passes away and Pakhi, sick and ailing, strikes to Dalhousie, ignoring medical recommendation that greater altitude in flip, will exacerbate her situation.

The second half of the film, in an irony of kinds, is each torrid and painstakingly snug, because it follows Pakhi and Varun, once they come nose to nose once more – she is enraged and repulsive, he repentful and nonetheless hopelessly in love. In contrast to the primary half, replete with the colors of spring, wildlife, the second half is darkish, chilly, dry and arid, similar to Pakhi and Varun’s mind-set. She nonetheless bitter, however too weak to combat, finally offers up on her anger as Varun makes it his life’s mission to maintain her, finally confessing that he has at all times liked her. Pakhi quickly warms as much as him, however is for certain she goes to die, when the final leaf of the tree in entrance of her home falls, thus making a metaphor equating herself with that parrot, whose story her father instructed her.
Varun, however, determined to not let her surrender, then will get all the way down to creating his masterpiece, earlier than all hell breaks free…
Lootera is not a film one watches for enjoyable, and even leisure for that matter. It’s akin to a portray one admires at leisure and one which superbly captures the essence of life. The hauntingly soothing musical rating by Amit Trivedi is one which transcends generations, whether or not it’s the love ballad Sawaar Lo, or the Baul melody Monta re or the heartbreaking tracks Shikayatein and Zinda.
Pakhi and Varun’s love story may be tragic, however soul-stirring nonetheless. As Varun tells Pakhi, “Meri zindagi mein sab ne mera istamaal kiya … pyar sirf tumne kiya“, (In my life, everybody has used me, solely you may have liked me) and makes one final ditch try to save lots of her (or somewhat assist her save herself), the 2 discover consolation in one another’s arms and function a reminder that below all of the pretext and the guarantees, love is one thing that firstly, makes you hopeful.
The unlikely pairing of Sonakshi and Ranveer works for its freshness and an innate capability to emote by means of their eyes, as evident within the music Sawaar Loon, when Varun’s buddy, seeing them trade flirtatious glances quips, “Tum joh khayali pulav pakka rahe ho na … main bas us mein thoda sa dum bhar raha hoon“. (I’m simply including a little bit of seasoning to the imaginary recipe you might be constructing within the air) The 2 flip in certainly one of their most interesting performances of their profession and regardless of its considerably tragic ending, this love ballad will depart you with a renewed sense of hope (and moist eyes)…
You possibly can watch Lootera on a number one OTT channel…
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