Boman on a new high

IN BANGALORE to promote his latest flick Love Story 2050, Boman spoke at length about his character Dr Ya, an eccentric scientist who creates a time machine, that transports him and his nephew (played by debutant Harman Baweja) to Mumbai in the year 2050.

Does the eccentric scientist and time machine bit strike a bell?

Well, the proceeding teaser trailer spoke even more of the ‘originality’ of the theme.

For anyone even remotely clued in on Hollywood, the one-minute 50 second trailer provided glimpses of movies like Back to the Future, Bicentennial Man, I Robot, Minority Report, if not more.

And given that the target audience has possibly grown up on movies like these, where is the novelty factor?

“For Indian audiences, there will always be a novelty factor. The character of the scientist though, may be stereotypical with his long hair, thick glasses and eccentric behaviour. But otherwise there are no reference points. You have to remember that all films have templates. You don’t deviate much from that,” defends Boman.

So what does he feel about the new crop of no song and dance, intense cinema that Bollywood has been producing?

“Different kinds of cinema are always welcome.

But we can’t do away with the song and dance all together. That’s what we have been doing through generations. But most importantly, we have to understand that no song and dance does not mean better cinema,” he says.

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