Ranveer Singh is immersing himself into his upcoming film “Lootera” more than he usually does. Not only is he unofficially assisting director Vikramaditya Motwane, he is also taking keen interest in checking out the locations personally.
The shooting of “Lootera” was shifted from Dalhousie to Bengal at the last minute, and when Ranveer heard that the Bengal location was Purulia, scene of a mysterious unauthorised arms-dropping in 1995, Ranveer insisted on getting there first to make sure the place was safe for a lady.
This isn’t the first time during their schedules together that Ranveer has tested the waters. Earlier when Kashmir was snowed under, Ranveer insisted that he go to Dalhousie alone to check out the density of the snow.
Producer Vikas Bahl confirmed Ranveer’s involvement.
“Ranveer did visit Dalhousie prior to the shooting. He insisted on exploring the snow-scape with the unit. He stayed outdoors in the freezing cold for one whole day and returned convinced that we’d have to postpone our Dalhousie schedule.
“Sonakshi was warned from proceeding just in time. The snowfall this year in that area is the most intense in 17 years. Our unit needed hot water to open the doors of the cars,” said Bahl.
The unit will now return to Dalhousie in February when the snow will subside.
“About 40 percent of the Ranveer-Sonakshi romance in ‘Lootera’ unfolds in the snowfall. So there’s no getting away from the snow. The rest will be shot in Purulia. So that is where we’re heading now,” he added.
The unit of “Lootera” has lost close to Rs.1 crore thanks to the postponement of their schedule in Dalhousie. The producers hope to make up for lost time and money after the Purulia schedule. The one member of the unit who seems most traumatised by the unscheduled change is director Motwane.
“It’s easier for the rest of us to relocate ourselves. But Vikramaditya has to reposition his entire creative process from one state of mind to another, so that we don’t waste any more time and the stars’ dates,” said Bahl.