Love Story 2050 is behind him, finally. And Harry Baweja has been enjoying a much-needed break. “I took off on a two-week vacation with my wife. And now, though I drop by at the office for a few hours everyday, I’m still taking it easy,” he informs. But even in his chilled out state, the filmmaker was quick to latch on to an idea which came up during a discussion with friends. And he has gone ahead and even registered a title — James and Bond.
After a futuristic love story is Harry toying with the idea of turning son Harman into a desi Bond now? “It’s not a Bond action thriller but a comedy with lots of fun and frolic,” he hastens to clarify. “And we’re still in the early stages of discussion. Some ideas turn into interesting scripts, some don’t. I’ve put my writers on the job, let’s see how it develops. But since I liked the idea and an apt title came up quickly, I thought I should be the first to register it before it gets around.”
It’s clear that Harry is looking ahead to the future but in retrospect, where does he think he went wrong with his ambitious Rs 50 crore project? “We promised to give a Hindi movie the likes of which no one had seen before. And I think we delivered on that in terms of special effects and technical wizardry."
"Also, Love Story 2050 was a launch pad for my son and today with a bagful of good offers, Harman is where I wanted him to be. So the film served its purpose. Acceptance of the audience is something every filmmaker has to live with,” Harry shrugs.
Does he think that the much-publicised clash with Aamir Khan’s Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na affected the commercial prospects of Love Story 2050? “Why look back,” he says evasively. Will he ever cast Imran Khan? “Why not?” he retorts. And his mamu Aamir Khan? Harry says: “I was assistant to B Subhash during Love Love Love which featured Aamir in the lead. That was in 1989 which means we’ve been friends for the last 19 years.” Diplomacy at its best!