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Harman Baweja: ready to rumble

Shredded T-shirts, futuristic body suits and unusual dance steps, Harman Baweja carries them all off with élan. Minakshi Saini speaks to the actor.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2008 18:26 IST
Minakshi Saini

Shredded T-shirts, futuristic body suits and unusual dance steps, Harman Baweja carries them all off with élan. The actor who is debuting with Love Story 2050, in a risky Bollywood genre - science fiction - doesn't give off any newbie vibes. He's assured and composed and very, very careful with what he says.

But that doesn't mean the young star isn't anxious about the fate of his movie. "More than financial I have emotional value attached to the film," he says. Love Story 2050 releases on July 4, and Harman has already been to the Golden Temple, Amritsar, to pray for some extra support. And he's also sporting two stones on his fingers as good luck charms.

Striking resemblance
As things look, he may not need too much extra support. He has already signed on projects with Ashutosh Gowariker, Anees Bazmee and Sanjay Leela Bhansali; his debut movie is the most expensive sci-fi film ever and he's also being compared to Hrithik Roshan.

Of course, he's not very happy with the last. "I refuse to agree that we look the same. Agar ek jhalak ki baat ho to phir ho sakta hai (a slight resemblance might be a possibility)," he concedes. But if that's the case, there are few actors in the industry who don't look like somebody else, he points out, like Priyanka and Madhuri… It's personal Ah, excellent!

Harman's brought up Priyanka Chopra himself. The actress and his co-star in Love Story 2050 is also reported to be his girlfriend, and deny it though they will, rumours refuse to go away. But she seems to be missing in the run-up to the movie's release. "She has to fulfill her professional commitments. She's shooting for Karan Johar's Dostana and therefore can't accompany me," explains Harman.

She may not be with him but her influence is reportedly very much so. For Priyanka is said to be working on changing his wardrobe and thereby his look. "I don't understand how my wardrobe will change my looks. I will remain the way I am. She has no such plans," he denies categorically .

Long way to go
One controversial topic down, one more to go - Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa. Much has been made of the fact that the Aamir Khan production starring his nephew is releasing on the same day as Love Story 2050.

Despite the fact that Harman's father had requested Aamir to hold back. "We requested Aamir to change the date but nothing happened. I don't know whether it is a coincidence or if there's some other reason. But Aamir is a genius, he knows what he is doing."

And does he see Imran Khan as competition? "If the competition lies in the fact that our films are releasing on the same day then why only Imran, Will Smith is my competition too," khe jokes. "Imran and I have a long way to go… I hope we excel in our individual careers."