Aamir pitches in hard for nephew, upsets Harry Baweja

May 28th, 2008 - 10:03 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Ram Gopal Varma
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Aamir Khan’s decision to release his nephew’s debut vehicle “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” on July 4 has baffled Harry Baweja, who fixed the same date long back to open his son Harman’s launch pad “Love Story 2050″. While Aamir is determined to make a success out of Imran’s career, anything for family seems to be the marketing motto for Harry who put in more than Rs.800 million in the hi-fi sci-fi “Love Story 2050″ to ensure his son’s super success. Apart from that Priyanka Chopra is playing female lead in the film.

“The Bawejas were shocked,” said a source close to the film. “They had planned and strategised their film’s release almost six months in advance. They had spoken to all their potential competitors from Salman Khan to Ram Gopal Varma to Apoorva Lakhia and Aziz Mirza to Yash Raj and Tips.

“Harman called them up personally to make sure his film comes on a free Friday. Then suddenly Aamir showed up to create an almost ‘Saawariya’ - ‘Om Shanti Om’ crisis. The ‘Jaane Tu’ release was nowhere in sight when ‘Love Story 2050′ was announced. Suddenly, they came out of the blue,” the source told IANS.

Harry made a panic call to Aamir.

“Harry knows Aamir from the time he did B. Subhash’s ‘Love Love Love’ where Harry was an assistant director. Ever since they’ve been in touch. Aamir told him he was indeed thinking of coming on July 4.”

Incidentally, Genelia D’Souza, who plays Imran’s leading lady, is also Harman’s girl in the latter’s second release “Victory”.

“The Bawejas’ first trailer started on a Sunday. That same day a blog went up saying ‘Imran Versus Harman’. That’s when the Bawejas first came to know that Aamir was planning to release on the same day.”

However, Harman smiles off competition, saying: “Healthy competition is always welcome. I’d rather focus on my work. We’ve just started the promotion of our first song. It’s one of the costliest songs ever filmed.”

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