Director : Vikramaditya Motwane
Stars : Ranveer Singh,Sonakshi Sinha,Barun Chanda,Adil Hussain,Divya Dutta
Story : Set in 1950’s – this is story of Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha),Daughter of Zamindar(Barun Chanda) set in West Bengal.They come across an archaeologist Varun(Ranveer Singh) who believes there is hidden treasure at the temple grounds of zamindar.Pakhi and Varun soon fall in love and Varun tells her that he – one day will draw a masterpiece and the world would witness it.Varun is not all that he seems on surface,story takes a u-turn -what follows is heartbreak,betrayal and a love story between the characters.
Note: this is loosely based on the O’Henry’s short story : The Last Leaf.I read the story after i was done watching the movie – read the story as well – its very good.
Vikramaditya Motwane’s last movie was Udaan – which was critically acclaimed and when your first directed movie gets an amazing critical response – expectations from the next movie are always high.But Motwane does not falter with the treatment of this movie,as it was based on a short story- he added his bits into it too.
Movie is gorgeously shot and the cinematographer has made sure that he shoots the actors in best possible way.The locations,settings and lighting – transports the audience into a old classic world – with a love story which is simple yet worth remembering.
The stars of the movie are Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha.Ranveer slips into his 1950’s avatar effortlessly and delivers a good performance – especially in dramatic scenes – however his voice(dialogue delivery) modulation needs work (Here is something inspiring- if Saif Ali Khan can do it – he can also). Sonakshi Sinha delivers her best performance(in her past releases she was only found using the words/phrase Pandeyji or chal Jhootha repeatedly) – she plays her part very well and now we know that she can act( i am not saying this is an unbelievable performance but really well done). Zamindar is played by Barun Chanda ( i have never seen this actor before) – but he is terrific – his presence delivers that authority and his dialogue delivery is perfect – love the way he says : Of-course.
Music and background score by Amit Trivedi can be described in one word: brilliant – music compliments the look,feel and the story.
There are a lot of moments in the movie – where the dialogues (by Anurag Kashyap) are very simple but enough to convey the romance and both the characters look great together in those scenes.
First and second half ends brilliantly and director relies more on music and visuals than dialogues.
Any shortcomings – you do feel that the movies drags a bit- but not too much (longer by 15 minutes max).
You might find a lot of reviews claiming it to be classic – well it depends – but this is certainly well done and brilliantly presented.
Note : If you do not like movies which move slowly and lack gliss-gloss romance – you may not like this movie.
This movie has the old world charm and the focus on details and simplicity – the team deserves that we watch this movie.
Rating : 3.5/5 (Not perfect but a must watch – time to experience some old classic style romance)
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