Q. Will it be safe if I were to say that Harman Baweja has become a star? A. Not at all. In this country an actor becomes a star only after he has proven his talent. Till the time my film does not releases in theatres, till the time my audience does not accept my performance, I don't think so that I am a star. There is too much of time for it. Q. Ok, how many autographs have you given till date even before the release of your debut film? A. I have given many, though I have lost count but I have given many. Let me add here that my most memorable one was when a small kid came asking for my autograph.
One of the biggest movies of this year, Love Story 2050, directed by Harry Baweja, is the golden debut vehicle for his son Harman. Rajan Singh speaks to the Star-in-focus, young Harman Baweja, about his family film, the pressures and Priyanka Chopra
Will it be safe if I were to say that Harman Baweja has become a star?
Not at all. In this country an actor becomes a star only after he has proven his talent. Till the time my film does not releases in theatres, till the time my audience does not accepts my performance I dont think so that I am a star. There is too much of time for it.
Ok, how many autographs have you given till date even before the release of your debut film?
I have given many, though I have lost count but I have given many. Let me add here that my most memorable one was when a small kid came asking for my autograph. It was actually a group of two to three kids. I was actually amazed at seeing those kids all attired in their school uniform coming to the sets. They then informed me that they stealthily bunked their class while it was recess. They also told me that some shooting was happening so they came asking for autographs. I actually felt good but at the same time also felt bad that they have bunked classes to get my autograph. I gave them my autograph but also advised them not to bunk classes.
Ok, do you feel some sort of pressure or burden on your shoulders with this big film of yours?
Actually I can feel the burden and pressure everywhere (laughs). Love Story 2050 is a mega budget film and has been made on a grand scale and my entire film has worked very hard on it. My sister is the chief assistant director and is also looking after the marketing part of the film. Actually she is the right hand of my dad, my mom and mine too. My mom is the producer of the film and my dad is the director of the film. And as far as I am concerned I am the actor of the film cum assistant director. So its one whole family who is working together. Its been almost two and half years making this film. And I can say this freely that we have not turned bald making this film thanks to my mom. Yeah the stress part is surely there and it was very difficult making this film but finally we made it happen. The film will release on 4th of July and hopefully we get result of our hard work that day.
Then I can say this freely that since the product has turned out to be good so there is no need to be tensed about it.
No, there is too much of tension. The film has turned out pretty good, I will never say this that it has not turned out to be good, but tension is still there. Its similar to one appearing for an exam and the tension is till the time one does not gets his results. My papers have turned out well but i have still to gain that confidence.
How did your dad on the sets of the film treat you?
Before I say anything let me add something here. For the first two days on the sets I just could not perform anything in front of him, then I requested him not be on the sets. He found it pretty amusing and said that I am the director of the film, if I am not there how will I direct the film. Then I told him to be in a different room and give me all the instruction through a mic. He agreed to it and it continued for two days on the third day when I was discussing my scene he came and told me that can I now come on my sets. Then I said that now I am comfortable, it took some time but in the end it was all-fantastic. Sometime I was even at the receiving end. But there was great understanding between two of us.
Any memorable moment when your dad rebuked you.
Yeah, it happened just once. My dad was carrying the mic and it was one, he was rebuking me and the whole set was listening to him. They were all laughing and all were saying that finally I too got something. But at the end of the day its was my father, so no issues.
The film took quite sometime in its making and the norm being that today films are completed in one year, dont you think so that there could have been other effects too because of the delay?
Yeah, possible. I think since the time Love Story 2050 hit the floors there were some negativity in the market. People often said this that the film will release only in 2050. But we knew very well that what we were doing, we were making this film on such a grand scale with so much of special effects. The work for this film was happening in 6 different studios located across the globe. It does takes time for such a film, Spiderman took almost three years, Titanic to almost two and half years. Such films take such amount of time, which is very natural. Fortunately of unfortunately the film was in news since day one. Kareena came and went. People for a moment even thought that what actually we are making. The shooting for this film got over an year back and since then its been only the post production work.
Ok, when your friends meet you, how is their reaction towards you?
I am in touch with my entire friend circle. There has been no change, I am the same Harman for them and they too are my same old friends. Whenever they call me they greet mw with expletives as they always do. I think they have not changed only because I have not changed. Their perception towards me have not changed because they know me for the past 12 - 15 years.
On 4th July, your film would be clashing with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Dont you think this could have been averted?
Yeah, I think dad had discussed this issue with Aamir Sir, but Aamir Sir is very senior and knows exactly what he is doing. I think in the past too such two films have clashed together and both have done very good. Three films from his own home production have clashed before and all the film did well at the box office. I dont think so that it will matter much but nothing is in our hand, we have made a film and have given 100 per cent to it. If people dont find our work good we will work more hard the next time.
Who is your favourite actor?
SRK. I think he is a complete entertainer. Whatever he does, he always entertains which I think is very difficult. You are at a position for the past 15 years and you have been constantly entertaining people. Its very difficult to do it. I dont know about myself that what will happen to me after two films and for him its been 15 years. I dont strive to be like him but I surely get inspired from him. You like to imbibe few things form him.
Lot many times your looks have been compared to those of Hrithiks, how do you take it as?
I dont think anything about it and I only say that I have not done anything. Its been my dad and mum who are responsible (laughs). Whenever a person meets another person and he or she resembles some of his acquaintance, then he automatically says that your face resembles my uncles friends son or whatever. Later on we tend to forget it. Its a very natural tendency. When SRK joined this industry people said that he resembles Dilip Sir, When Shahid came people said that his looks are very similar to those of SRK and same thing was said about Abhishek and his father Amit Ji. When my film will release people will change their opinion and in my next film it will change completely.
Apart from looks, your and Hrithiks dancing skills too are very similar and the film posters of both yours and Hrithiks debut film are strikingly similar.
Yeah I had reads this news somewhere. More than 100 such posters have been made were the boy and the girl are looking in the eyes of each other. There was this film called Casablanca and my poster have been inspired from the posters of Casablanca and the same holds true for Hrithiks debut film too and Saawariya posters too. I think media is looking out for all the possible comparisons. I am waiting for the day when some one will remark that my walking style is similar to those of Hrithiks.
Its also heard that Ajay Devgan had suggested you to wait for some time to make your debut.
Actually it was during the sets of Kayamat when Ajay was working in my dads film. At that time I had done a photo session of myself and I was really scared before showing the photos to Ajay. he then told me to wait for sometimes because I looked very kiddish in those photos. Then I waited for sometime to make my debut.
Ok, whom do you normally call at 4 am when you are in crisis?
I call up Priyanka Chopra and there are also six - seven friends of mine. They all are part of the same group whom I know since my childhood. I call them often.
Even before the release of the film your name has been associated with Priyanka Chopra, are you ok with it?
No, its not a matter to be worried about but I would surely like people to remember me because of my work. Be it gossip or link ups nothing is in my hand and I just cant do anything about such news. You cannot plan anything in life. My dad always tells me that if you want to make God laugh just tell him your plans. I take everyday as it comes.
Thanks a lot.