After romancing 12 Priyanka Chopras in What’s Your Rashee? Hurman Baweja is now itching for some maar dhaad..
So, what’s up next?
The Anees Bazmee directed It’s My Life with Genelia (D’Souza), a wholesome entertainment package.
Will it get you a much-needed hit?
There are many people in this business, more experienced than I am, who invest in films week after week expecting them to work. Yet, even their judgements go awry at times. So you how can I make bang on predictions?
Filmmaking is a collective effort and as an actor I’m just one small cog in the wheel. My last three films—Love Story 2050, Victory and What’s Your Rashee?— may not have worked commercially but they got me positive feedback as an actor. And as long as my director and the audience are appreciative of my performances, I’m halfway happy. Everything else is a bonus.
What happened to the Bond film your father, producer-director Harry Baweja, was planning on with you?
We only registered a title that had the word Bond in it. It was actually a comedy. Dad needed a break after Love Story 2050. It’s been almost a year and he’s in the final stages of scripting an action film. I’m itching to do some maar dhaad now.
A la Dhoom 2. You must be relieved though that comparisons with Hrithik Roshan have decreased since Love Story 2050?
I was expecting it so I can’t be crucifying anyone for those comparisons. When you see someone for the first time, you are always looking for similarities even if it is with your mama’s sister-in-law’s son. But the more people saw of me, they realised I was not Hrithik 2 but Hurman 1.
Ashutosh Gowarikar was apparently asked to reconsider casting you after Love Story 2050’s failure. Have other filmmakers been having second thoughts as well?
Not that I know of. It’s not as if by taking me they can guarantee Rs 10 crore business. That’s for guys like the Khans and Akshay Kumar who have delivered back-to-back hits.
But you have the advantage of being young?
If that’s an advantage it’s because Mother Nature decided to bring me along later. But honestly, I’m miles away from the kind of cinema they are doing.
Don’t you think What’s Your Rashee? would have done better if it hadn’t dragged over three hours and 20 minutes?
That’s a question for Ashu sir (director Ashutosh Gowarikar) to answer. Yes, when you sit for long hours, the body does experience some amount of discomfort. Even a Mumbai-Kolkata two-and-a-half hours flight can get tiring. But Ashu sir is well versed in the language of cinema.
With Priyanka Chopra playing 12 roles, wasn’t Hurman Baweja a guest star?
I’d have done the film for just Ashu sir. But yes, my eyes popped out too when I heard that the heroine was playing 12 roles. But eventually, What’s Your Rashee? was Yogesh Patel’s journey. (Laughs) He may not have got the perfect bride but it certainly made me the perfect groom. I’ve been flooded with mails, calls and yes, proposals too. It’s sweet!
What’s your rashee?
(Grins) I’m a Scorpio, Vrishchik, the only sign with a chick in it. I fall in love with every girl I meet. Dangerous but true.
You’re also secretive…
(Cuts in) No way, my life is an open book.
But you’re possessive…
Not obsessively so. I’d say I’m protective. When you’re in a relationship, the trust issue is important. You need to believe in the other person.
Was it difficult romancing Priyanka Chopra after having broken up with her?
I’m still new to the medium so if I have to be true to my film, I have to cut myself off completely when on the sets. When we were shooting for What’s Your Rashee?, I ceased to be Hurman and became Yogesh.
Priyanka and I have been good friends for the last six-and-a-half years. And all these rumours about make-ups, break-ups, engagements, shaadis and separations haven’t affected the friendship.
Will you do another film with her given that the last two didn’t work?
So what if they didn’t? Kareena (Kapoor) and Shahid (Kapoor) were almost written off as a jodi yet they came together to give a Jab We Met. Priyanka and I are sitting on a script right now. It’s still at the discussion stage so I can’t say if it’ll go through. But our pairing isn’t finished yet.