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Review: Tara Rum Pum
Hindi Film Industry's premier production-house's first offering in '07 is ‘Tara Rum Pum’. The film adheres to Yashraj formula of feel-good entertainment and going by the first-day reactions of the public, it seems they have got yet another winner.
THIS WEEK’S Hindi flick Tara Rum Pum looks into the life of a car-racer. So what if it takes a superficial dekko on the pro; it is a candy-floss film and three car-races and a couple of fleeting vignettes are good enough to establish that RV (Saif Ali Khan) is the best racer in this world.
Oh sorry, I got it all muddled; ’cos as per Princess (Angelia Idnani), Saif’s daughter in the film; he is the best father, the best husband and the best racer in this world.
A pretty wife (Rani); a bratty boy, Champs and a not so cutie doggie (breed: cocker spaniel) completes the family picture.
The family lives in a posh mansion in upscale Manhattan; drives into the most enviable bods on four-wheels and it is one big happy family freeze frames till the time pa saif meets with a racing accident thanks to a brutally competitive Rusty.
The best racer becomes a big loser (losing 10 races in a row finishing last: SHAME); looses the mansion; looses the car; good enough for him to loose the gray-matter too. For pa (Saif) convinces ma (Rani) to let the kiddos believe that they are on to a reality-show where they have to live like poor but keep smiling always.
And thus the fun-filled first half traverses into a few wet-tissues issue based second half.
Where the hero (Saif) finally emerges the hero; in the final lap oops reel – he even sends Rusty err… his car rolling down the racing track, the same manner his did in the 5th or was it the 6th reel.
So what are the problems with Ta Ra Rum Pum?
Many; characters are flimsy, plot is not properly developed and the hackneyed characters in the downtown, e.g. Dolly Bindra cast as loud punjabin.
The film lacks the hold or rather looses the hold, partly, in the 1st and the 2nd half; but are the audiences complaining?
Not really, because the rich production-design, the pulsating racing sequences and the top-rate performances cover these blemishes. Saif Ali Khan as the protagonist is top-rate. He effectively fits into the ace-racer RV’s persona. He is outstanding in two sequences in particular; the confrontation with Bharat Dabholkar and the sequence where Rani confronts him for speaking a lie.
Rani Mukherjee is good, but since the film belongs to Saif, she doesn’t get much scope. The kids are natural and look cute. Javed Jaffri is likeable, but was better in director’s earlier flick Salaam Namaste.
Victor Banerjee as Rani’s father and Bharat Dabholkar are aptly cast.
The music is not in the league of Yashraj films. Directorially Siddharth Anand was notches ahead in his debut Salaam Namaste.
In nutshell an above-average escapist fare.
RATING: 5.5 on 10
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