Sonakshi Sinha’s on-screen love story with Ranveer Singh in Lootera is now complete. Or almost complete. The love story based on an O’Henry short-story was shot entirely in artificial snow, as the real snows of Kashmir proved to be not friendly for shooting purposes at all.
But now, the film’s team — and that includes its reticent director Vikramaditya Motwane — has decided to shoot at least a small portion of the film in real snow. The initial plans of releasing the film by year-end have therefore been dropped, so that one last attempt can be made to catch a portion of the film in real snow in Kashmir in December or January.
Says a source close to the project, “It is really a matter of a good omen. You can’t make a film about love in the snow without real snow. The entire team thinks it would be inappropriate to make a film about a love story in a snow-scape without real snow. So although the the shooting is now complete and no one can tell the film has been shot in artificial snow, thanks to the sophisticated snow-producing machine that was imported to do the needful, the film’s shooting would still be stalled until at least 10 minutes of the footage is shot in real snow.”
Apparently Sonakshi and Ranveer have given their nod to the idea, although Ranveer hurt his back very badly while trying to shoot in the snow the last time.
Interestingly Sanjay Leela Bhansali who shot his snow-fall scenes in Black in artificial snow after it was impossible to shoot in real snow in Simla, has advised his erstwhile assistant Vikramaditya Motwane to avoid real snow.
But Motwane is not listening. Genuine snowfall, or no movie at all.