Harman Baweja on What’s Your Rashee, Priyanka Chopra and working with Ashutosh Gowarikar
The stars have not favoured Harman Baweja so far. Victory did not make it beyond the first lap in the race to stardom, while Love Story 2050 was forgotten by the end of the year in which it was released. But he is counting on his Scorpion rashee to make What’s Your Rashee a success. Excerpts from an interview with the actor:
You have two fantastic films coming up, What’s Your Rashee and It’s My Life.
I really appreciate the way you called the films fantastic.
That’s because they are being directed by major directors — Ashutosh Gowarikar and Anees Bazmee. Are you looking at What’s Your Rashee as a relaunch pad for you?
I’m looking at it as a very important film in my career. I do hope it works for me.
You are playing a Gujarati boy in What’s Your Rashee. What did it feel like?
It was good talking in Gujarati. But there were no more than two dialogues in that language in the film.
And what are they?
Saaru che (It’s nice), and Jamvanu su che? (What’s there to eat?)
What was your first reaction when you were told that the heroine will portray 12 roles — one for every zodiac sign — while there is only one of you?
The very fact that it’s an Ashutosh Gowarikar film, and the fact that he came forward and asked me to do it was great for me. That was the clincher, I didn’t need to think beyond that. I know him as a filmmaker, he will do justice to every character in the film.
I saw the songs of What’s Your Rashee. You seem to be head over heels in love with every girl you meet?
That is what pretty much happens to all of us. I guess it’s only a natural process. Later you figure out your true love.
From the 12 onscreen Priyankass, which one does the offscreen Harman like?
I personally feel no guy should be given 12 women to choose from. For me, it’s a close call between Sanjana, Hansa and Anjali.
In one song all the 12 Priyankas share screen space with you. How did you manage to match steps with each one of them?
It is really difficult. While we were rehearsing for the song, it would be very hard on Priyanka. It was a killer because she constantly had to change. But while shooting, it became twice as difficult for me because I had to react to girls who were not there.
The movie has 13 songs – that’s about an hour of the film!
I do not calculate the length of songs especially when I am doing an Ashutosh Gowarikar film.
The film is also based on a TV serial called ‘Mr Yogi’. Do you recall it?
I have seen the show, but have faint memories of it now. I remember to have liked the show as well as the lead actor, Mohan Gokhale, a lot. I’m sorry he is not with us anymore.
So what is your rashee, in real life and in the film?
Scorpion in real life and Scorpion in reel life too.
Do you believe in matching your kundali with your life partner? Are you into astrology?
I haven’t thought about marriage yet, so I haven’t looked into kundalis. But it is natural that you open the newspaper and read your horoscope. When you are having a great day, you don’t care what is written, when you are having a mediocre day or when it is an important day, you tend to read the four lines in the star forecast of the day and relate it to your life. But I don’t indulge in blind faith.
Have you ever asked any girl about her rashee (sun sign)?
Yes, during my school and college days. When you are younger, you match sun signs and check out the compatibility. In those days, dot coms were not in vogue. I would refer to Linda Goodman’s book for the compatibility factor.
How has your equation with Priyanka changed in the period from Love Story 2050 to What’s Your Rashee?
We both have matured since then. This is my third film, I’m hoping I have improved from my first two films. We already had a rapport because we have done a film together. It was great working with her again.
Bollywood News Service