Harry Baweja has given a lavish launch for his son Harman. A lesson here for star fathers wanting to launch their sons. On a scale of 1-10, it matches 10 on 10 when it comes to comparing it to Papa Roshan's launch, KAHO NA PYAAR HAI... for his son Hrithik. The obvious comparison is unavoidable given the Hrithik-like looks that Harman has and his dancing skills and mannerisms that he consciously or subconsciously incorporates. There is a distinct resemblance in his dialogue delivery as well to that of Hrithik.
Does this movie match to the 2000 monster hit, which catapulted Hrithik into instant stardom? Not really. But first, kudos to Harry for trying something different. He has thought ahead of his time, literally and pitch forked his script into the year 2050. That is where the story takes a dip for the worst.
Karan (Harman) is a rich boy looking for love. His mother passed away when he was very young and his dad is too busy looking after his business. He runs into Sana (Priyanka Chopra) while on a jog. Fate sets up another meeting when Sana mistakes him to be her friend's boyfriend. One thing leads to another and the two are soon in love. Karan has an uncle who is a scientist (Boman Irani) who is experimenting with a time machine.
Once, Sana and Karan enter the time machine and 'enter' Mumbai 2050, as their destination, the place they want to be. However, the time machine is not ready and nothing happens, with the exception of a short circuit. One day when Sana and Karan are out for a drive, she meets with an accident and dies. Karan is shattered. Uncle meanwhile stumbles on the correct formula to set the time machine in motion. The two then set out to meet Sana in the future.
Sana in 2050 is now Zeisha, a very popular singer. She has no recollection of her past life as Karan once again tries to win her heart. He does manage, and dodges a cruel doctor to make it to the time machine seconds before it can take-off back to where it came from the year 2008.
So what is wrong here? Plenty. For starters, there is no concrete script. The love story hangs on a thin thread, which really makes no sense. In one scene, Sana tells Karan that since he knows everything about her, he should now tell her something about himself. However, fact is, it is just the opposite. We do not know Sana's background until then, while Karan's lineage is well etched out. A big goof up. In addition, whenever Karan chases Sana, a grueling chase, jumping over railings and running with the traffic, there is not a drop of sweat on his face. He is fresh as a daisy! Moreover, the movie is close to three hours.
Priyanka Chopra is clearly wasted here. Though she is there in most of the frames, it is Harman who gets the eyeballs. The plot follows him closely and the other characters just follow him. It is his launch; can't blame Harry.
Harman is confident, spontaneous and has a strong body language. His action, dancing and dialogue delivery are top class. A star in the making. The camera work by Kiran Deohans and Vijay Arora is breathtaking. They have captured well the scenic beauty of Australia making use of the wide angle and top angle to sublime effect. The action sequences are of international standard. The cycle race is what you see 'live' on sports channels, minus the frills. Set design by Vanita Omung Kumar, depicting 2050 has to be lauded. However, I fail to understand why the director dressed up only the central characters accordingly, while those that made the crowd are wearing your 2008 outfits!
In a way, Harry has gone back in time to the year 2000, to recreate the magic of KAHO NA PYAAR HAI... Hrithik was nicknamed 'The Craze' then.
Will Harman wear a similar title? Only time will tell!