Enough, say Harman and Harry about comparisons with Hrithik

June 4th, 2008 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) Harman Baweja, who is debuting with the much talked about “Love Story 2050″, has been taking the comparisons with Hrithik Roshan on his chin. At his music launch last week when someone shouted “Hey Hrithik” at him from the crowds, Harman smiled and said, “Can’t help the way I look. It’s what my parents gave me.”

But Harman and his father Harry Baweja have decided to avert any more comparisons with the “Krrish” star and also curb the unnecessary digs about Harman’s glamorous girlfriend Priyanka Chopra.

Since it was felt that Harman even sounded like Hrithik, Harman’s dubbing for “Love Story 2050″ is being done under strict supervision by a female voice expert who sits with Harman. The film is releasing in July.

“She listens to every word that Harman dubs. And if anywhere he sounds like anyone else, she immediately corrects him and makes him redo the dialogues. For this reason, Harman’s dubbing in ‘Love Story 2050′ has taken a painfully long time. No actor has taken so long to complete his dubbing. A month away from release and Harman is still dubbing!”

Says a source close to the Bawejas, “Harman is not the least conscious or worried about all the comparisons with Hrithik. They started when Harry Baweja decided to launch his son in a futuristic film.

“Everyone jumped to the conclusion that it was another ‘Krissh’. Then to make the comparisons even stronger there was the Kareena Kapoor factor. She had opted out of Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaho Na…Pyar Hai’ after a few days of shooting. The same happened with Harman’s ‘Love Story 2050′.”

More worrisome to Harman is the way Priyanka Chopra’s presence in his life is being seen as a calculated move to gain mileage for the film.

Says the source, “Harman has a great deal of self-respect. He’d never want to be known by being associated with anyone else more famous and recognisable than him. In fact Kajol and Ajay Devgan were supposed to launch the music of ‘Love Story 2050′. Harman’s father decided against it at the last minute.

“Harry Baweja in fact rang up his colleague Kumar Mangat and advised him not to allow Kajol and Ajay’s presence to overshadow his daughter at the music launch of ‘Haal-e-Dil’. That’s how self-respecting the Bawejas are.”

It hurts Harman to have his name being constantly mentioned with Priyanka.

Says a source, “He has now decided to seriously cut down, if not entirely do away with, public appearances with Priyanka. Of course, she will be part of all the ‘Love Story 2050′ promotion. But Harman is refusing offers for magazine covers and guest appearances on reality shows with Priyanka.”

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