Director Vikramaditya Motwane, whose latest directorial project Lootera has actors Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, feels that stars are the ones who pull the audience to cinema houses.
Motwane's debut film Udaan (2010) with popular
television actor Ronit Roy was not immediately successful at
the box office upon its release. However, it was eventually
regarded as a cult classic. The film went on to bag awards in
various categories at several award functions.
His second venture Lootera that released last week, is a
period romance set in the 1950s.
"You want your film to be seen by the largest audience
and stars help in facilitating that. Star power does work...
they drive the business. It is a fact. One needs stars to sell
their film in a better way," said Motwane.
"But one must not forget that they are actors before they
became stars. Look at the young actors like Ranbir Kapoor,
Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Priyanka Chopra, etc. They are
doing tremendous work," he added.
In Lootera, Sonakshi plays the role of a zamindar's
feisty and only daughter, who finds herself irrevocably drawn
towards Ranveer, a visiting archaeologist. The performances of
both the actors have received appreciation.
"It was not difficult to extract a good performance from
them. They were willing to learn things and give their best.
Ranveer is someone who believes in preparation while Sonakshi
is spontaneous," said Motwane.
"I am happy with whatever response we have got. I think
one can't make everybody happy. Everybody has their own
opinion. The reaction from people helps me better my craft
with my next film," said Motwane.
The director says he is touched by the response he is
receiving from his industry friends and colleagues. "It feels
wonderful when people praise you. I am glad people liked the
film," he adds.
Reportedly, Lootera has collected over Rs 15 crore at the
box office in its first weekend.
Ask him about the importance of the number game, Motwane
says, "Box office does matter. One cannot ignore it. Everyone
wants their film to do well and I am no different from them.
My producers did keep a tap on the collection and kept me
The film's crew had their share of anxious moments when
Ranveer suffered a back injury while shooting in Dalhousie.
The shooting schedule went haywire as the actor had to be
rushed back on a stretcher. Then the film set got destroyed
due to extreme weather conditions in the hill station.
"I was sure this film will be made at the end of the day.
As I had solid producers, actors and other team members on
board who will make sure the film gets made. I had faith in
my team," said Motwane.
Though he has achieved success with both his movies, Motwane is not content. He feels there
is a long way to go.
The director wants to take a break before embarking on his