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02-11-2012, 09:35 PM #1
Ranveer-Sonakshi sojourn in Bengal
The story is about a zamindar’s daughter and a man on a treasure hunt. And the lush forests of Belkuri with ancient Arjun trees were ideal to recreate the magic of 50s Bengal. Walking around together, looking into each others’ eyes, Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha fit the bill perfectly. Perhaps, Vikramaditya Motwane couldn’t have asked for a better location to shoot his period film Lootera, than this quaint village in West Bengal's Purulia district.
Media spotted the two actors enjoying the idyllic locale where the film was being shot from February 5-8. The shooting in fact, took place in two locations in the area — Belkuri and Deulghata. And considering both these places are Maoist affected, the entire cast and crew shot under heavy police deployment.
The area was cordoned off and the crew put up at the Akash hotel in Purulia town around 10 km from the two shooting locations.
A local artiste coordinator Sudhin Adhikari told this newspaper, “Ranveer, Sonakshi and Barun Ghosh had shot at the 11th century Jain temple in Deulghata. Sonakshi plays the daughter of a rich zamindar. The story revolves around the search for some secret treasure. We were given a brief storyline and 11 artists were roped in.”
Kuchil Mukherjee, who also acted in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Italy and Anup Mukherjee, who played a small part in Satyajit Ray's Hirok Rajar Deshe, were among the local artists hired in Purulia.
Apart from the better-known Bengali actors, five tribals from the region, four children and one woman also formed a part of the crowd who acted in the film.
After the tranquil outdoor location, the crew shifted base to Kolkata to continue their shoot at the royal palace of Khandan in Burdwan district. Ranveer, Sonakshi and 50 crewmembers have been commuting daily from their hotels in Kolkata to Burdwan - a three hour ride, if not more.
Ranveer, said sources, is spending every bit of his extra time with gym equipments or the mobile phone. The lead couple is also likely to make a public appearance on Valentine's Day. And considering the rumours of their romance doing the rounds, this 'outing' will surely be a success.