Balcony Row caught up with the team of Lootera at the Sheraton Hotel, Saket, Delhi on July 5, 2013. Ranvir Singh, popular for his powerhouse performance in Band Baaja Baraat, was in town on July 5-6 to promote his third film, along with director Vikramaditya Motwane (of Udaan fame - his debut film):
How has the response been so far?
Tremendous. Critics have loved it. It's heartening to see 5 stars. The entire team has worked hard. It's our three years of blood, sweat and tears. It was tough. I even gave up at one point. But it was Vikram's unrelenting support that got us through till here. It's my birthday tomorrow and what better gift than this for my birthday? I hope the audience likes it too.
Happy Birthday in advance. How are you going to be celebrating it?
I'll be working. Shooting for Gunday (upcoming film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar). It's His grace that I'll be busy shooting for a film on my birthday. I slogged for three and a half years in the industry doing all sorts of things, before I received an audition call for Band Baaja Baraat. My family has seen really tough times. Which is why I value what I have today.
If not an actor what would you be?
Ranvir: Screenplay writer or a DJ
If not films?
You've assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. Is your work influenced by his style of film making?
Vikram: You may see a reflection of his style somewhere. I have learnt from them - Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Anurag Kashyap, Deepa Mehta. But on the surface, its not something that I aim to make. My work is my own creation.
Ranvir, how was it working with Sonakshi?
Her 100-crore track record is something I covet. There's no pressure with her around. She's very easy to work with, very relaxed. And very lazy at times. After every shot, she looks for a sofa (laughs!). She's also very spontaneous. I got to learn a lot from her.
Tell me about your look in this film.
Ranvir: It's a period romance... 1950s.. so I look straight out of a film of that time... My look is very plain and simple, clean-shaven. I am wearing high-waisted trousers. Overall, the look is completely in contrast to my personality. I like wearing T-shirts (with obnoxious messages/one-liners) (laughs)
Vikram wanted someone who looked simple and trustworthy. He saw it in me, that I could probably carry off this role. Honestly, I never believed I could pull off something like this.
Any favorite dialogue in the film (Lootera)
Ranvir: More than mine, there's one of Sonakshi's that I particularly like. Main usse badla nahi lena chahti... Sirf use bhool jaana chahti hun
You're in Delhi to promote the film. Any memories of the city that you'd like to share?
Ranvir: Khan Market. We'd go out to eat at Khan Chacha's... the kababs and the evening walks back home.