Review - Ta Ra Rum Pum: Pacy and colorful fun - at least for kids

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
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Children finally have something worthwhile to occupy themselves with in the summer vacations - well, at least for three hours. Parents won't have a bad time either, especially if they don't mind the formula combination of action and songs. Nothing out-of-ordinary from the performances or the script but an easy one-time watch nevertheless.

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All that glitters is not gold. It can also be silver or bronze. And these metals have their own charm. So Ta Ra Rum Pum glitters with the extravagant locales and the extra bright reds and blues, which don't necessarily add value to the art form that cinema is. But, it does manage to tell a regular story in a style that warms the heart.

Thinking about the movie two hours after having left the theater, the first thing that comes to mind is the car races. They are timed well and executed even better. However, I would have liked more aerial shots and fewer close-ups. Who wants to see a sweaty Saif Ali Khan? Only the face shows through a helmet, gals! The races and broad story-line did remind me a lot of Naya Daur (1957), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Cars (2006).

The next thing that comes to mind are the two cutely picturised songs. "Ab to forever" didn't necessarily have the most complicated dance moves, but structured choreography interspersed with normal dancing made it a delight to watch. "tara ra rum pum, ta ra rum pum" is by far the best picturised kids' song after "akdam bakdam" from Hanuman (2005). The lyrics in general, and specifically of "Saiyaan", restore my faith in Jaaved saahab after the Namastey London (2007) debacle. Which leaves us with the two romantic tracks. Those are reminiscent of songs from the late 80s-early 90s and thus didn't quite fit in with the rest of the movie.

Were the songs required, you ask? Have you seen the promos, dear? No? The newspaper ads with the producer's name on it? Okay-you at least know the title of the movie, right? Then, what kind of a question is that!? I seriously think the movie was named as such because they came up with that kids' song first. They did not even bother to use the perfectly valid excuse they had - Rani Mukherjee plays a singer.

We have seen Rani Mukherjee have marital tiffs with Vivek Oberoi (Saathiya (2002)), Shah Rukh Khan (Chalte Chalte (2003)), Abhishek Bachchan (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)). Now it is Saif Ali Khan's turn. It's pretty much the same Rani here. The same Rani that makes you shut your ears when she shrieks while playing a 20 year old and warms your heart when she plays her age. Again, Saif Ali Khan does nothing path-breaking. But he sticks to the genre and doesn't go overboard.

The children give an endearing performance. At times though, Angelina Idnani (Princess) was given dialogues that were too mature for her. The voiceover especially was certainly overkill. Their characters and situation looked like it was heavily drawn from Itni Si Baat (1981), Life Is Beatiful (1997). Someone I would have loved to see more of, would be Jaaved Jaaferi. Why wasn't he allowed to shake a leg or two? At least they gave him the best lines that he delivered with his "Videocon Flashback" style.

Everything was just about average, acting, direction, screenplay, story, editing (it could very well have been cut short by a good 15-20 minutes). But, while I scoffed every time I was asked to suspend my disbeliefs, the scene was accompanied by a shade of creativity that kept me entertained. And gradually, without realizing it, I was rooting for R V (Saif) and didn't care how many cinematic liberties the director would have to take to make this end happily ever after. So, somewhere along the line the characters and plot touched a soft spot and I didn't want bad things to happen to them.

Whether it is indeed a feel good movie or not you will have to check out for yourself. I would wait for the video if I didn't have to review this one. But if you are in the mood for well-shot car races and sweetly picturised songs, don't miss it in the theaters, and take the kids along.

Correction: Earlier I mentioned "Shakalaka Boom Boom" instead of "Namastey London" in the third paragraph. Indeed, the lyrics of Shakalaka Boom Boom are written by Sameer. Thanks, Charles Foster Kane aka Antonio Ricci, for pointing it out. Apologies readers!

- meeta, a part of the audience

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indya:

Meetu,
Thanks, another great review. Your "notes" for this movie is broken (Error 404 - Not Found
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pragni:

I chanced upon your blog through the community. And now, am I glad or what. Thanks for the lovely review!!

meetu:

Thanks for pointing that out, indya! The link is fixed now.

Thank you pragni! Do stop by again.

Review: Ta Ra Rum Pum Movie Review:

[...] Meetu : “Thinking about the movie two hours after having left the theater, the first thing that comes to mind is the car races. They are timed well and executed even better. ” [...]

sudeep:

well i don't think the movie was named so after coming up with the song. as far as i know (from film news, on net, newspapers..) the film was first named tara rum pum pum, and one `pum' was removed later. that looked more like being in line with the recent trend of naming the movie with an old hit song title.. (and then making a song with same line but make it sound somewhat different from the original song).. like kabhi khushie kabhi gham, bas itna saa khwaab hai, kabhi alwida naa kehnaa..

meetu:

Hi sudeep, well, my comment about the title was a dig at how unimaginative the title is :-). Thanks for bringing up the other titles. My view about these titles is pretty much the same too.

esha, yeah they entertain to an extent. More often than not, I have a problem with how they underestimate the audience's intellect. Thanks for stopping by.

Mehak:

Typical Yash Chopra movie...entertaining & family feel good movie is what I'd like to call this one....with designer homes & clothes...perfect family...thodi khushi thoda gam ka combo...

Javed Jaffery was more fun in Salaam Namaste....yaha Gujju accent thoda zyada ho gaya.

Nice review Meetu as always :)

meetu:

Nice to see you again, Mehak. Thanks! I guess we disagree about Javed Jaffrey. I liked him better here because he played a normal person and not a caricature.

meetu:

Thank you Charles Foster Kane aka Antonio Ricci, for pointing out the blunder!! A thousand apologies, readers! I was thinking "Namastey London" and typed "Shaka Laka Boom Boom" (I hope equally awful lyrics didn't have anything to do with it). Mistake rectified.

meetu:

Done Naina. Thanks!

meetu:

Hey Naina, no clue what's wrong with me! Thanks again, typo rectified. And I am glad you like the 'To Each His Own' section.

meetu:

L K Sinai, my little kids enjoyed it thoroughly too. Mine were glued to their seats for the entire 2 hours 45 minutes (and the interval too, lest the movie got over while they visited the restrooms :-)). For the first time they did not need pop corn/aerated drink to keep them in the theater!

As you know, I didn't think too highly of the movie, but the kids' reactions are good enough to make us adults watch it.

Zuya Sanober .:

It is a good film . Yash raj films r really 2 good. I liked it very much .

swagatika:

its a very fantastic and famous story i love it

sami:

this movie is full of immotions and based on practical life i love to see it

Aswathy:

it is wonderful film of my world
also it give us a massage
thacks for it

akanksha gupta:

weel movie is seen in average . it is not so good n not so bad . its music is very classic.

unnamed:

A good movie with good songs

sakshi:

hi everyone
my name is sakshi
i am from australia
and i am afan of rani and salf ali khan...
i love this movie and so does my little sister... we watch it everyday

mazhar:

hi
how r u
i m pakistani
i love saif and rani
i like rani

ramit:

Hey guys

This is ramit malhotra. I really really appreciate this movie because i was just dead because of life's ups-downs but after seeing this movie i learn how to wakeup for a new life and how to face the problems in your life. I like saif ali khan, Rani, Princess and Champ very much and they really give their best performance in this movie.

My best song in this movie is : Saiyaan ve , Rahi ka to kam hai chalta hi ja ve saiyaan ve..............

I personally suggest to all the viewers to see this movie please.

LOVE YOU TA RA RUM PUM

salma:

i really loved the movie. i guess i love it more than any other movie in which saif and rani have acted toghether

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