"Ha, that's funny! Yes Dad is planning a comedy with me. But we aren't sure if we want to call it that. 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. Yes, Dad and I are doing a comedy together. But we may not call it James&Bond at all."
The fact of the matter is James&Bond is not that easy a title to get. There're super-strong copyright-protection acts protecting all globally-acknowledged brand names from the entertainment business. This, David Dhawan discovered when he 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.
Apparently, James&Bond wouldn't go down well with the celluloid disciplines of Ian Fleming. Protests Harman, "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."
It's not as if Harman has gone into hiding after the debacle of Love Story 2050. "Far from it. I've just been working day and night," he says from the sets of Anees Bazmee's It's My Life. "For the last five weeks I've visited five different places. I've been to Sri Lanka, Jaipur, South Africa and Delhi and Bangalore. Now I leave to shoot in Greece. I've no time to socialize or to make my presence felt in the so-called right places. Finally, it's not your net-working 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 have Harman in splits. "What can I say? I never said we were 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," says a mutual friend.
As for Love Story 2050, Harman opines, "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 and Sanjay Sir (Bhansali)'s 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."