Title trouble for Harman Baweja’s ‘James & Bond’?October 23rd, 2008 - 9:00 am ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) After the debacle of the futuristic mega-spectacle “Love Story 2050″, Harry Baweja has resurfaced to make a comedy with son Harman called “James & Bond”, but it may not be that easy to get the title so closely linked to the ‘007′ franchise.”Yes, dad and I are doing a comedy together. But we may not call it ‘James & Bond’ at all. Actually, some sections of the media found out that we had registered that title ‘James & Bond’. A lot of media stories about big banners launching films that you see come out from title registration only,” Harman told IANS.
“James & Bond” may not go down well with the celluloid fans of Ian Fleming. There are strong copyright-protection acts protecting all globally acknowledged brand names in the entertainment business.
“We just registered the title. Doesn’t mean we’re making a film of that title. It was just a thought. A section of the media even made up the script for us and which parts of the world we’d shoot it in. It’s ridiculous,” he added.
David Dhawan, similarly, wanted to title his sequel to “Partner” as “Tom & Jerry”. He quickly changed his mind when not-so-discreet inquiries about the title were made from sources in the US.
Harman says he wasn’t hiding after the debacle of “Love Story 2050″.
“Far from it. I’ve just been working day and night,” said the actor who is busy shooting Anees Bazmi’s “It’s My Life”. “In the last five weeks I’ve visited five different places. I’ve been to Sri Lanka, Jaipur, South Africa, Delhi and Bangalore. Now I leave to shoot in Greece.”
The newcomer has such a choc-a-bloc schedule that he doesn’t have time for anything else.
“I’ve no time to socialise or to make my presence felt in the so-called right places. Finally, it’s not your networking but your work that decides your career. It’s very important for my next two films to work. My next two films ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Victory’ have turned out well. Anyone who has seen these films has only good things to say about these films.”
Harman starts shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker’s “What’s Your Raashee” with girlfriend Priyanka Chopra in November.
Stories about a split with Priyanka amuse Harman.
“What can I say? I never said we were a couple before. So why should I react when people are splitting us.”
But friends swear Harman and Priyanka are very much together. “In fact, both of them are so busy and yet they try to meet up at least once every day,” a mutual friend said.
About “Love Story 2050″ Harman said: “It worked for me. Finally, whether the film works or not is proved by the work you get. I’m happy with the work I’m doing. I signed Ashutosh sir’s and Sanjay sir’s (Leela Bhansali) films after ‘Love Story 2050′. And I’m on the verge of signing another film. I’m very cautious about what I’m doing. I can’t afford to slip up.”