'Victory' is not just cricket

By Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama News Network

LOVE STORY 2050 may've gone completely unnoticed at the box-office, but Harman S. Baweja is raring to go. "It hurts if your debut film fails, but you can't let failure overpower you," says Harman, who's ready to face the audience again next week. VICTORY has to succeed. It's a do-or-die film for him. "Every film is a do-or-die film actually. The business is so different today. That one film plays the deciding role," he asserts.

Tell us about VICTORY. "At the outset, when I signed VICTORY, I didn't realize it would be so tough. The role was very demanding, plus one wasn't facing actors on field, but real-life cricketers. Also, the shooting was spread over various stadiums, depending on the availability of a cricketer. Whew... this was the most unforgettable experience ever," Harman smiles.

At a time when every second television channel is either telecasting a cricket match or there's some discussion on cricket, why would people be interested in spending Rs. 200 for a ticket to watch a cricket match on the big screen? "Because VICTORY is not a cricket match. It goes beyond that. It shows what happens behind closed doors, when a cricketer fails or is out of the team. His highs and lows, how his family gets affected, how his frustrations take over… So it's different," Harman defends VICTORY.

Harman has two more films lined up in the coming months, both directed by super-successful names - Ashutosh Gowariker and Anees Bazmee. Also, a film produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, starring Amitabh Bachchan in the central role. "I am really nervous about this one, but I am looking forward to working with Mr. Bachchan," he states.

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