Direction: Vikramaditya Motwane
Actors: Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Adil Hussain, Vikrant
It is hard to pigeonhole O Henry’s The Last Leaf. Is it a love story — a pathos-filled culmination of something longer? Or is it about the human psyche that causes dreams and desires, mired in the monotony of survival, to express itself in ways beyond rationalising?
A short story is, by definition, short. To transform it into a feature-length film brings with it the challenge (and the freedom) of conjuring up convincing motivations and back stories. Motwane decides it’s a love story — arguably the easier route to take.
And he creates powerful vignettes that aren’t all rose-tinted, but also guilty and angst-ridden. However, he sacrifices logic and motivation when convenient, and in that lies Lootera’s shortcoming.