Vikramaditya Motwane’s period drama ‘Lootera’, based on author O Henry’s 1907 short story The Last Leaf, had received a mixed response after its release.
Ranveer, who was appreciated for his performance in the film, is unhappy and disappointed that it failed to get nominated for this year’s movie awards.
“I don’t think ‘Lootera’ is a failure. The producers earned money and it is a great film. If ‘Lootera’ was the best reviewed film of the year, then where is the recognition. It is a technically superior film of all the films released last year. I think Vikramaditya Motwane deserved nomination for direction,” Ranveer said.
The actor feels the film should have at least been nominated in categories like – best director, best film, cinematography and best production design.
“Such a technically superior film missing from nominations is very surprising. So, yes it is disappointing. I am disappointed for the team,” he said.
However, he is happy that his co-star Sonakshi was nominated in the Best Actress category for the Screen awards.
“Sonakshi deserves to get a nomination. For me, ‘Lootera’ was higher in terms of performance than ‘Ram Leela’. I can’t talk about whether I deserve a nomination or not. ‘Ram Leela’ was easy in comparison to ‘Lootera’ as the latter was challenging,” Ranveer said.
But, the actor is happy at being nominated for his performance in ‘Ram Leela’.
He says the box office success of a film is not the only parameter to call it a superhit or blockbuster. ‘Lootera’ earned Rs 35 crore and according to Ranveer, it is not bad.
“It is not about box office and the numbers, but about the memory of the film. Films like ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ may not have achieved big numbers but they are watched again and again on TV or DVD,” he said.
“The memory of the film is important and ‘Lootera’ is one such film, you can watch it after 15 years and still cry. It was made in cinematic language which people are not used to. It is definitely a successful film,” he added.