Vishal-Shekhar, the imminent musical prodigal duo seems to be losing their ways in recent times as none of their recent work has matched with the quality work of their contemporaries. Unfortunately their musical voyage with giants ?Yash Raj? banner hasn?t been nostalgic or groundbreaking and the music made itself popular after the film?s success. TA RA RUM PUM falls prey to mediocrity again and once again fails to create any ripple either with foot thumping track or with syrupy love songs. This album brings out the contemporary fervor and ardor of contemporary ?Yash Raj? Films with its music being inspirational lifts from films like SALAAM NAMASTE, DHOOM 2, DUS and to some extent EK AJNABEE.
Kindergarten?s chirpy and engrossing comic book tale about four playful bears (?Ta?, ?Ra?, ?Ma? and ?Pa?) promises playfully motivated sentiments of kid?s fun and frolic adventures with enthusiastic voices in the colorfully bizarre ?Ta Ra Rum Pum?. After HUM TUM, it?s another visual spectacle about animation?s techno-wizardry with vocal flamboyance of Shaan and Mahalaxmi Iyer. Vishal-Shekhar?s frolicking and zealous musical display may not be extravagantly flashy but caters to the situational needs. Hear it for innocent shrill ?n? soft vocal display of ?little champs? singing prodigies Master Shravan Suresh and Sneha Suresh with tantalizing melodic work that might be reminiscent to our childhood antics.
The nostalgia of romantic redolence freshens up senses with smoothening ?n? subtle harmonious exhibit of impressive vocals with expressively penetrative lyrical work in the romantically vibrant ?Hey Shona?. It?s ever impressive Shaan at the vocals with his ?bright as sunshine? vocal ebullience radiating out gleaming romanticism with delight. Sunidhi Chauhan?s soft ?n? silky voice catalyzes the over-sappy feel mood and mellows effectively with Shaan?s promising work. The compositions, tunes and beats may sound repetitive (similar to ?Tu Jahan? and ?My Dil Goes Mmmm? (SALAAM NAMASTE) but overall it creates an ambience of sheer romanticism that stays in senses. Vishal-Shekhar?s scores pure gold this time in churning out a brilliant mushy soundtrack after the impressive ?Halke Halke? (HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT LTD) and should prove to be winning equation for the album.
Loud, gaudy and intrinsically pompous flavors of ?bhangra? delights come with a typical Chopra?s-Johar?s musical tonality in the highly animated ?Nachle Ve?. It speaks highly about Chopra?s inclination towards Punjabi folksy musical tang with shades of ?Chak De? (HUM TUM) and ?Lodi? (VEER ZAARA). Sonu Nigam?s enthused vocals deliver the festive emotions with ecstatic delight with elated Somya Raoh joining the show in tandem. Vishal-Shekhar?s has not been popular with ?bhangra? numbers so far and even this sounds too situational than anything ?earth-shattering? to the ears.
Javed Jafferi is coming into his own, as well. Paired last with Saif in SALAAM NAMASTEY, which, incidentally was also directed by Siddharth Anand, Javed provides good laugh moments in the company of Saif. ?My brother from another mother?, and ?when anyone fails in life in the US they become taxi drivers,? elicits rounds of applause from the audience. Every time he comes on screen, there is an air of anticipation for another round of laughter.
Rani Mukherjee. What can you say about her? She is top notch. Dances with grace, and emotes with ease. At the drop of a hat she can take you from rooting for a win along with her, to shedding tears. Watch out for the scene where she fills her hand-bag with food from the buffet table to take home for her kids. Also watch out for the scene where her son attacks the dustbin for food. Moving. And yes, very real!
It?s difficult to film cars on a race track. In fact it?s difficult to shoot any sport for a movie. And mention here must be made of Binod Pradhan?s cinematography. One word. Superb. On the race track as well as his low camera angles which brings to life New York?s high-rises.
You have speed, drama, plenty of emotions and good music. And a pair that rocks. Remember HUM TUM??? What more can one want from a movie?
Go sing, TA RA RUM PUM!