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'Comparision to Hrithik unfair yet challenging'

Harman Baweja, who is making his debut in bollywood with Love story 2050, feels comparison with a well established actor like Hritik is 'unfair' and yet 'challenging'.
PTI | By Manisha Rege
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2008 06:49 PM IST

All set to make his Bollywood debut with the soon-to-be released film Love Story 2050, actor Harman Baweja, who is said to bear a striking resemblance to superstar Hritik Roshan finds the comparisions "unfair", at the same time "challenging".

"I am taking baby steps into the industry and am being compared to somebody who is a well established superstar. It is like asking for too much. The expectations are taxing for a newcomer like me", Harman told PTI here today.

The actor who is debuting in his father's directorial venture releasing on July 4, said familiarity with the cast and crew of the film helped him feel at ease during the production.

"The film being my home production, the concern of the unit for me was not superficial. This helped me ease the pressure. Besides, I have known Priyanka since three years before we began shooting for the film," he added.

Disclosing that he had already been signed by several producers after they saw the rushes of his yet-to be released film, Harman said he was wary of a star-label being attached to him too early in his career.

"I don't want the star label on me before the audience watch my film and give their judgement," he said at the sidelines of the IIFA weekend here.

However, Priyanka Chopra, the female lead opposite the actor in the futuristic film did not agree with comparisons between Harman and Hrithik.

"I have worked with both of them and they have their distinctive styles. Audiences will come to know once they see the film," she added. Both Harman and Priyanka will begin shooting for Ashutosh Gowarikar's next venture What's your Rashee? in November

"I am privileged that a filmmaker of Ashutosh's calibre has chosen to cast me in his film and I feel this is his stamp of approval about my talent," Harman said.

Meanwhile, Priyanka said Love Story 2050 was a landmark film and a milestone as far as sci-fi films in India were concerned.
She also dismissed comparisions with the 2006 sci-fi film Krissh, which also featured her in the lead role calling the two films as belonging to different genres.

"Krissh was about a superhero and his journey in life. Love story 2050 as the name suggests is a love story", she said.
Asked if she felt like an outsider while shooting for the film dominated by the the Baweja duo, she said, "I did feel like an outsider initially. Both father and son (director Harry and debutant actor Harman) had a fine tuning between them. But later, I was at ease".

Replying to questions about the much discussed clash of his film with Aamir Khan's Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, director Baweja said though he had spoken to the former to defer the release of his film, he now welcomed the competition.

"He (Aamir) said he would try. But, I can only say he knows what he is doing. Competition is welcome and healthy," he added.

Speaking about the film's budget, director Harry Baweja said the world's best special effects experts from Hollywood were employed and the film's budget came close to USD 10 million.

Though he had written the script of the film in 1999, Baweja did not proceed with it immediately as his advisers said it was ahead of its time, he said.

"Now, I felt the time was ripe to innovate," he added.

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