2050: A Baweja Odyssey
Director Harry Baweja is keeping his fingers crossed for his most ambitious endeavour. His sci-fi film Love Story 2050 has reached post-production stage, and a fortnight back, the film's teaser premiered. The futuristic film has ample visual effects to create skyscrapers, flying cars, robots & even teddies.
On Tuesday Baweja was in Town to promote the film and his son Harman who is debuting as an actor with Love Story 2050. Baweja's daughter Rowena is the film's associate director. Baweja, who terms himself a dreamer, says he has woven his thoughts into Love Story-2050.
"I wanted our audiences to identify with a sci-fi film. So I used a love story as the platform. The first half of the film has been shot in present times in Adelaide, Australia. The second half of the love story shifts to the future and to create that effect, four international studios, out of which one has won an Oscar, have done the needful using computer graphics and VFX," he adds.
A slick product is getting ready assures Baweja.
"At par with a Superman film. It has something for all ages-there are children in the film. It'd also appeal the elderly who wouldn't be there to see what 2050 looks like."
On his son
Harman choosing acting over direction, Baweja says, "He was passionate about acting and did a course from Lee Strasberg Institute in US from where Robert De Niro & Al Pacino have passed out.
On coming back home, he was ‘Bollywoodised' so that he could get into the groove of singing and dancing. By the way Harman is a , trained Kathakali dancer and good at Western dance too. His role is a tailor-made one," says the father. Priyanka Chopra has been cast opposite Harman as a safe bet, he says. "Taking a new girl could have been risky ."
The director says he has spent nearly 15 millions dollars on the film.
"I hired architects to design the Mumbai of 2050. They designed high-rise buildings with an Indian tinge. Interestingly after seeing the film's teaser, I was approached by the Redevelop ment Federation of Mumbai. They plan to construct futuristic buildings by pulling down old structures."
On his daughter following father's footsteps, he says, "She has done a filmmaking course from a film institute in London and has helped me with this film's screenplay Next year, she will direct a film."
Now Baweja plans to aggressively promote the film.
"Earlier, one released a film within two weeks of its completion. Now, it takes three months to create that hype and about 20 per cent of the film's cost goes into publicity."
Harry Baweja also met Chandigarh administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) to discuss prospects of film tourism in the City "Well, if filmmakers get good facilities, they would surely like to come here. Bureaucratic hassles can be deterrent. A single window system can take care of all the formalities."