TRAILER: ‘Lootera’ – More Than A Romantic Tragedy

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Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha are looking to make us weep bitterly in this tale of separated lovers by Vikramaditya Motwane.
Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha are looking to make us weep bitterly in this tale of separated lovers by Vikramaditya Motwane.

After a smoldering teaser for ‘Lootera’, Balaji Motion Pictures has released the official trailer for the Ranveer Singh-Sonakshi Sinha starrer, which throws more light on the story of the film.

The trailer starts off with Ranveer Singh falling from a height in slow-motion. The voiceover then begins, introducing an element of thrill into the proceedings. So far we thought that ‘Lootera’ was just a romance, but the voiceover, presumably by Adil Hussain’s character, who plays a policeman, shows that there is more to this story.

The structure of the trailer seems to indicate that the film may, too, be told in flashback. When Ranveer Singh’s Varun meets Sonakshi Sinha’s Pakhi in ‘Lootera’, he introduces himself as an archaeologist who wants to dig around the local temple. Varun falls in love with Pakhi, but quickly disappears (presumably after committing a crime). It is when Adil Hussain’s policeman enters the scene that Varun seems to enter the story again.

The second half of the ‘Lootera’ trailer is interspersed with visuals of Sonakshi Sinha’s Pakhi and Ranveer Singh’s Varun falling in and out of love with each other, as well as Varun running away from the police constantly. This part is edited spectacularly to the rhythm of the music (the song Shikayatein from the soundtrack) which provides a great build-up to the end when the police find Ranveer Singh’s Varun. Has the trailer given away too much?

Yet we feel that this film may not be just about the end, but more about the journey. ‘Lootera’ looks beautifully shot and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen such authenticity in the depiction of a time long gone in a film. Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, cast against type, look to be stealing the movie, all under the watchful hand of the director Vikramaditya Motwane.

We are eagerly awaiting this love story of yore based partially on the short story ‘The Last Leaf’ by O Henry, and hoping that ‘Lootera’ takes us back to the fifties and steals our hearts just as Vikramaditya Motwane’s earlier film Udaan took us back to our childhood days.

‘Lootera’ releases in India on 5 July 2013.