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The year is 1953. A visiting archaeologist called Varun Shrivastav comes to the village of Manikpur in West Bengal to excavate the temple grounds of the local Zamindar. With knowledge and experience beyond his young demeanour, Varun greatly impresses the Zamindar and his family. Especially Pakhi, the Zamindar's feisty and only daughter, who finds herself irrevocably drawn towards him.But Varun isn’t all he seems on the surface. And as the simmering attraction between him and Pakhi leads to a tender and deep love, he is forced to choose between her and his past.Making his choice, Varun disappears. Pakhi struggles to move on with her life, determined to forget him and their relationship. Until one day, when he returns under the most extraordinary circumstances.Inspired from O. Henry’s “The Last Leaf”, Lootera is the uplifting story of two lovers. Of heartbreak, betrayal... and ultimate redemption.
I enjoyed this film. I felt like it was a real deviation from the normal Bollywood fare. The characters were real and believable. You genuinely want them to overcome their challenges. When the hero makes bad choices, you feel dissapointment and loss for both of the leads. I was happy that the ending did not take the easy way out with a traditional glossy clean happy ending. . . I was also happy to not be weaping in my coffee, so they didn't overdo it - very atypical for Bollywood.
Not the average Bollywood movie
This film doesn't have the usual elements of a Bollywood film; no singing or dancing, etc. However, this is a beautiful film and the two leads are great in this. More people should give this story a chance.