Posted: 20 May 2008 at 4:28am | IP Logged
I think love hurts'
tell Harman that he's about to be asked the question he's probably heard the most, and he blushes instantly, covering his face quickly with a forced, plain look.
"Priyanka is a close friend," he says, when you refer to his much-hyped friendship with her.
But Harman has a whole lot of superlatives for her too.
"She's the perfect co-star, a great actor and I'm the luckiest to have her on the sets with me," he says, any previous inhibition toward talking about her giving way to open admiration.
"Did you know," he continues, "She taught me how to reach the 'mark', which is a certain spot from where the actor must step up, in order to be in the right frame.
"It would seem like a small thing, but to an upcoming actor like me, it was extremely helpful."
The film Love Story 2050, which marks his debut and sees the two of them paired together, was supposed to have taken a long while to be completed.
But the 27-year old clarifies. "The delay is just in people's minds.
"This is India's first high-class action film with at least 1,200 special effects," he states.
"It would take a bit of time. In fact the makers of Spiderman 3 released its trailer a year before its release."
Having his father as producer was fun in terms of the camaraderie, he says, but it got too much with discussions and decisions spilling over into the Baweja home much after pack-up time.
"In fact," he laughs, "I thought it would have been better if my father wasn't the producer of the film."
He's kept quite a low profile from the media, a decision that was well-thought out by him.
"I saw no point in saying meaningless things. I'd rather people see me for what I am first."
His lessons in film making at the Lee Strasburg School in LA provided for that.
While he's been touted by a certain section to be a Hrithik look-alike, he laughs that off.
"Look, I'm a typical middle-class boy and I have my own mind; it really doesn't make a difference to me what people say.
"It's embarrassing when I get compliments; I would like to be a hero someday, but an actor first."
The actor also refutes the claim of a Khan-dominated Bollywood.
"I think that's quite a communal statement to make," he says.
"We admire them, but surely Bollywood is broader than that and has room for everyone. It just depends on how you make an impact."
As July 4 nears Harman is happy to be spend more time with his family. "Money and fame are temporary," he says.
"Love is what stays on. But love hurts too at times. It's all about the yin and yang in it."