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Is Lootera a show stealer?

bollywood Updated: Jul 05, 2013 16:53 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
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Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…
Film: Lootera
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha (last seen in Dabangg 2; 2012), Ranveer Singh (last seen in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl; 2011) and Adil Hussain (last seen in English Vinglish; 2012)
Storyline: A suspect archaeologist (Ranveer) and his partner visit a village to excavate a temple located near the house of a rich zamindar. As expected, the conman falls in love with the zamindar’s daughter (Sonakshi), but before their relationship flourishes, it’s time for his lies to surface and for him to flee. Until they meet again many years later, as tumultuous emotions take over.
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane (Last directed Udaan; 2010) Produced by Anurag Kashyap, the film did well in the international film festival circuit and received positive reviews in India too.
Music: Amit Trivedi . The music composer has worked his magic with this soundtrack yet again. Songs like Sawaar loon, Ankahee and Shikayatein have received special mention and have been praised for their lyrics.
For months before this film was completed, it made a lot of news for the trouble the makers faced during production — Ranveer Singh’s back injury, getting stranded in sudden snowfall in Dalhousie and so on. And to make sure everyone knows that the director had this script for six years before he started making it, they have made a documentary on the making of Lootera. Also, a few days ago, a blogger alleged that a part of the music of the film sounds similar to that of a Hollywood movie. Anurag, however, denied the claims vehemently.

As part of the massive marketing drive, Sonakshi and Ranveer’s picture made it to the cover of various Mills & Boon titles. The film also reportedly marks co-producer Ekta Kapoor’s foray into romantic dramas.

Our assessment
The makers started organising special screenings of this film a week before the release, which usually says something about the movie (because production houses often only hold these a few days before the release). The promos look visually stunning too. Monday morning box-office figures will tell the rest; not like they have solid competition in the form of Policegiri or anything.

Severe Dabangg hangover
Director: KS Ravikumar (Bollywood debut). The Tamil filmmaker will make his foray into the Hindi movie business with this remake. He is well known for writing and directing the Kamal Haasan film, Dasavathaaram(2008).

Music: Anjjan Meet and Himesh Reshammiya. The soundtrack has not created any records yet. The music video of Sanjay Dutt, which sees him dancing with a really young Prachi Desai, did inspire a few laughs.

Unfortunately the lead actor of this film could not promote the movie, so co-star Prachi stepped in to do the job when she launched the film’s music recently. But when the makers realised that she wasn’t creating too much of a buzz, an item girl from the film took charge.

She quickly led to some drama when an NGO called Catholic Secular Forum raised objections against the “blasphemous” use of the rosary in the song; she obviously, quickly, apologised.

News about Mrs Dutt — Manyata — stepping up to promote the film in place of her husband (who is currently serving time in jail) surfaced in May. However, nothing concrete happened after. Also, the producers are going to send Sanjay a board with messages written to him by his fans.

Our assessment
If Salman Khan as ‘Inspector Robin Hood Pandey’ in Dabangg (this film even has a song with a Robin Hood mention) hadn’t become such a hit formula, this film probably wouldn’t be what it is.

For the final verdict: Look out for Sarit Ray’s review tomorrow

Film: Policegiri

Cast: Sanjay Dutt (last seen in Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke) and Prachi Desai (last seen in I, Me Aur Main), Prakash Raj (last seen in Dabangg 2; 2012) and Om Puri (last seen in Chakravyuh; 2012)

Storyline: The film is a remake of the 2003 Tamil hit titled Saamy. While the original movie features Vikram, this one sees Sanjay Dutt in the lead role of the gangster-cop, who knows how to do the right thing, even in the wrong way. He’s here to cleanse the streets and fight master villain Prakash Raj. And no, we’re not talking about Dabangg 2