This was the last thing that the team working on the film Lootera expected, while shooting in Himachal Pradesh.
Over the past few days, heavy snowfall has hit places like Shimla, Kufri, Manali, Dharamsala, Chamba and Dalhousie in Himachal. And thanks to the erratic weather, the cast and crew of the Ranveer Singh-Sonakshi Sinha starrer have been stranded.
It is reported that actor Ranveer has been stuck at the Jammu airport for the last two days. The actor was on his way to the shooting location in Dalhousie, when it began to snow heavily. Since then, Ranveer has been stuck there.
Sonakshi, who arrived in Dalhousie on Friday, the day it started snowing, hasn’t been able to step out of her room since then.
“We were to start shoot on Saturday in Dalhousie when it started snowing heavily. Since Jammu is the closest airport, Ranveer got stuck there. All the roads are completely snow-laden he will have to wait till the roads get cleared,” says a unit member.
Apparently, the entire highway from Jammu to Dalhousie is buried under four feet of snow.
When it started snowing, director Vikramaditya Motwane, director of photography Mahendra Shetty and art director Aditya Kanwar had gone to visit a set that has been constructed in Gawar, a location three kilometers from Dalhousie.
“Since the melting snow has made the roads slippery and there are high chances of cars skidding, Aditya was worried about the art direction team getting stranded, so they decided to stay back on the sets itself,” says the source.
Apparently, the location is secluded and prone to snowstorms. And under such severe weather conditions, they shall have no heaters, water or food.
When contacted, co-producer Vikas Bahl of Phantom Productions sounded worried: “Yes, it has been snowing for the last few days. And understandably, it has created havoc for the first schedule of Lootera. I guess we will have to wait for the weather to settle a bit, before we start shooting.”
Directed by Udaan filmmaker, Motwane, Lootera is a classic love story set in the ’50s. The film, produced by Balaji and Phantom Productions, is set to release on October 26, which happens to be Bakri-Eid.
The first schedule of the film was wrapped up in Mumbai a few days ago.