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Love Story 2050, another sci-fi flick

Oscar-winner John Cox has been roped in for the film, starring new-comer Harman Baweja, writes Hiren Kotwani.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2008 20:26 IST

Here’s to another sci-fi movie. The latest on the block is filmmaker Harry Baweja’s Love Story 2050, which stars Debutant Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra. Presented by Adlabs, the theme is a futuristic love story that begins in contemporary Australia and jets ahead into the year 2050 in the second half.

Baweja is leaving no stones unturned to ensure the best for his son Harman’s acting debut in the film. Baweja has signed up some international special and visual effects, including Oscar-winner John Cox. Cox, who bagged an Oscar in the Best Effects, Visual Effects category for Babe, and his team is working on creating a futuristic Mumbai of 2050.

“I believe it’s the first time that an Oscar winner special effects director is working for a Hindi film,” says Baweja proudly. He short-listed Cox after meeting several other experts from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

“I wanted the best in the business. Besides, John and I hit off very well right from the start,” he adds. It’s believed that Cox will be paid $ 1 million.

Currently, Cox’s team is in the city to execute the animatronics sequences, the work for which started on Tuesday. “A lot of computer graphics will be used to create Mumbai of 2050,” says Baweja.

“Four teams will be working on the project. Since John’s specialization is animatronics, he’ll be extensively working on that.” Interestingly, two robots will also feature as important characters in the film.

As for the cost, Love Story 2050 is expected to cost Rs 35 crore, out of which about Rs 15-20 crore will be spent for the special effects alone.

What is animatronic? An animatronic is a mechanized puppet. It may be preprogrammed or remotely controlled. The animatronic may perform a limited range of movements or it may be incredibly versatile, depending on the requirement.

First Published: Nov 30, 2006 22:30 IST