The unit of Vikramaditya Motwane’s epic romance, Lootera, has been shooting in a town called Purulia, which is a 5 hour drive from Kolkata. (One may recall that Purulia is the city which became notorious after an infamous incident in which unauthorized arms were dropped there from an Antonov An-26 aircraft on 17 December, 1995.) The location of the shoot was a 4 hour drive from the Akash hotel in Purulia. Ranveer would travel to & fro for 8 hours every day, and shoot another 8-10 hours. Despite the profound exhaustion that had set in given his vigorous schedule, he would still make it a point to entertain the huge crowd that would gather outside his hotel to see him everyday. He would dance to tunes from Band Baaja Baaraat for the cheering crowd, which had gathered from far. Within no time he had become a darling of the Purulia District! Says Ranveer, “It’s a great feeling to be able to reach out to so many people!”
Lootera, a Balaji – Phantom co-production, releases worldwide on October 26. It co-stars Sonakshi Sinha.