'Ta Ra Rum Pum' is a mix of success, love, tragedy and hope

Apr 25, 2007 IANS

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) "Ta Ra Rum Pum", Yash Raj Films' first release of the year, coming out next week, is about a man, his family and how they overcome the obstacles that life puts in their way.

Shot mainly in the US, it has Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in lead roles who are coming together for the first time after their hit flick "Hum Tum".

The story goes like this:

Rajveer Singh (Saif) is a pit-crew worker in a racing team with a passion for driving. One fine day, his potential is discovered by team manager Harry (Jaaved Jaaferi). The same day, he accidentally meets a music student Radhika (Rani) who he falls for instantly.

After this his life goes for a speedy change. He gets drafted into 'Speeding Saddles' - a failing racing team - and transforms from Rajveer Singh to "RV", the racing car driver.

His racing career takes off instantly and his love life also blossoms following a whirlwind romance. A few months later, he is both a happily married man and one of the country's best racers.

Fatherhood and greater success both follow and soon he becomes the No. 1 racing driver in the US. He is also blessed with two precocious kids Priya (Angelina Idnani) and Ranveer (Ali Haji).

But life's unpredictability catches them unawares. A bad racing accident and RV is hospitalised for a few months. Once out of the hospital, he tries to put his life back on track but realises that he has been mentally scarred by the accident and has lost his edge.

His life now takes a turn for the worse and after a string of failures he is forced to auction his house and move with his family to a run-down Bronx-style neighbourhood.

The family struggles to survive, living a life they are not used to, using a mixture of fantasy and cheerfulness to pull through in the face of adversity. But an incident forces RV to reclaim the life that was taken away from him.

Can he once again, and perhaps for a last time, face his inner demons on the racetrack?

To direct the stunt scenes, the producers roped in acclaimed Hollywood stunt coordinator Steve Kelso who has apparently done an excellent job.

The music of Yash Raj films builds up pre-release hysteria, but there is no such response to the songs of "Ta Ra Rum Pum" which are penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by Vishal-Shekhar.

Both Rani and Saif are coming on the big screen after a long gap and hopefully Siddharth Anand creates the same magic he did with "Salaam Namaste".

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