The Harry Baweja-Aamir Khan war is hotting up. Love Story 2050 produced by Baweja launches his son Harman, while Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na produced by Aamir Khan launches his nephew Imran Khan. The films are being released on July 4, which will inevitably lead to a clash at the ticket windows.
That's not unusual. But it is learnt that Harry Baweja is convinced that an effort is on to sabotage his project by his rivals.
Too many coincidences
At the time of his film's music launch on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel in Juhu at 9 p m, quite ‘coincidentally' Aamir Khan formally associated himself with the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at the PVR multiplex, Goregaon, around the same time.
Consequently the media's attention was divided between the two events. Plus some VIP guests who had to choose between the two events.
Baweja goes on record to say "I was told it was a special screening of Indiana Jones.. So it was surprising when I heard later that it was in association with Jaane Tu.. Besides, some media persons told me that they got the invitation call for the film show at 7.30 p m. I guess Aamir knows what he is doing. Both of us would have liked an open week, but since it's not happening, I wish Aamir and Imran best of luck. I wish the clash had been avoided."
Nearly three months ago, the Bawejas had checked with the exhibitors, distributors and producers before settling on July 4 as the release date for Love Story 2050.
A week later, it was learnt that Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na would open on the same day. Baweja immediatedly called up Aamir Khan who said he would think about the matter.
The next day the actor-producer called up to say that the release date could not be altered. Reason: Ashtavinayak, the producers of Imran's second film Kidnap, had finalised July 25. Aamir couldn't pre-pone the release either because the promos of Jaane Tu.. were not ready.
Aamir reminded that Lagaan and Gadar - Ek Prem Katha had released on the same day and had both became hits. He assured Baweja that their conversations would not be leaked out to the media.. but ‘inside' reports soon circulated.
Meanwhile, Baweja learnt from Ashtavinayak that Kidnap would be released only on August 22. Even Sanjay Dutt is believed to be surprised and hurt by the goings-on. Dutt had been led to believe that Kidnap, in which he is acting, would be Imran's debut film.