Harry Baweja has zeroed in on July 4 as the release date for his futuristic movie Love Story 2050 which was three-and-ahalf years in production.
The film marks the debut of his son Harman opposite steady date Priyanka Chopra. Earlier, Kareena Kapoor has been signed on.
"If Love Story.. hadn't released last year Kareena wouldn't have been an ace. Priyanka hasn't had a release in a year and the audience is ready to welcome her back," exults Baweja.
Why wasn't Harman at the film's first-look function?
"His mission was deliberate. There are still three months for the release. We didn't want the focus to shift from the content," points out his father.
The ‘first look', it seems, has sparked the interest of the Mumbai Redevelopment Federation.
"If you look at pictures of Hong Kong in 1965, you'll see that it looks a lot like our Dharavi," Baweja points out, saying that his film shows you what the Shanghai dream could look like 42 years from now.
"There could be a floating city centre complete with aerobridges, shopping arcades and multiplexes growing out of the sea. An elitist colony of two dozen shell houses could spring up at Walkeshwar.. and high rises on Marine Drive.. But I wouldn't want our heritage structures to be razed. The Taj Mahal Hotel is as much a part of Mumbai's landscape as the Gateway of India," he says, elaborating that he had a meeting with the Federation about 10 days ago.
The two-hour-45-minute film is set in the future for all of 87 minutes, post interval. "Another 30 minutes and it would have been a full-fledged Hollywood SFX special that would cost you a minimum of $120 million. My budget is not even half of that," he says.
So why the delay? Baweja points out that pre-production took him almost a year. Once shooting began, there were days when only a couple of shots were canned. Then there were the robots which took months to design. The robots and other film-related merchandise are expected to be retailed soon.
Does the producer-director intend to return to his trademark actioners? "I've been dreaming of a film like Love Story.. since '85," he replies.
"After spending four years realising the dream I wouldn't want to shift genres.The future of Indian cinema lies in special effects."