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Ta Ra Rum Pum - Music Review

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By: Joginder Tuteja, IndiaFM
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
There is a particular kind of music that one expects from different kind of movies coming from the house of Yash Raj Films.

If it is an action thriller like Dhoom 2, you are sure that what you would get would be on the lines of Dhoom, which means something that is fast paced, racy and high on rhythm.

If it is a mature love story like Fanaa, then it has to be highly romantic, something which could be on the lines of a Veer Zaara.

If it is Kabul Express, then of course it has to be something which is out of the box and breaks the norms.

And last but not the least; if it is Ta Ra Rum Pum, it has to follow a young and peppy theme of music, as heard in its predecessors belonging to a similar genre - Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste.

This is the reason why there are set expectations when you lay your hands on the album of Ta Ra Rum Pum. And this is the reason why there is a certain predictability that one looks for (no harm in that, after all this is the way the brand has made a place at the top for itself) in the music here by Vishal Shekhar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

So you pretty much anticipate that there would be one or two we-are-one-family kind of songs since the film has Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee playing a married couple with two kids, a sad song, a 'bhangra' number (it would be criminal to leave one out in a Yash Raj Film) and at least one sugar-coated melody-rich love song.

Does one get all of this? Of course yes. The fact is that you get what you expected, though one would have been even happier if there was a surprise or two round the corner as well!

Saif Ali Khan opens up the title song Ta Ra Rum Pum by stating that the song is a story about 4 guys - Ta, Ra, Ma and Pa where Ta and Ra stands for the two kids while Ma and Pa of course means the mom and dad! The video of this song which is on air shows animated characters which dance along with the actors.

A happy number nonetheless, it has a good rhythm built through the sound of whistle that plays on throughout the track and gets that extra peppy feel to the proceedings. Sweet and instantly catchy, the song has good rendition by Shaan and especially Mahalakshmi Iyer who does well in singing as per the style required for a feel-good film like Ta Ra Rum Pum. Sneha Suresh and Shravan Suresh add on their vocals for the kids and do well to compliment the mood set by Shaan and Mahalaxmi. A trademark YRF song for a peppy situation that was always expected to kick-start the proceedings!

It's time for some walk-in-the-moon as the rhythm of 'Sooraj Hua Madham' [Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham] is interspersed with the melody of 'My Dil Goes Mmmm' [Salaam Namaste] to create a beautiful track 'Hey Shona'. And guess what, in spite of the similarity factor, one still would love to hook on to 'Hey Shona' since it is a kind of number that would make any loving heart beat faster when it is on.

While Shaan is subtle and is just the voice that Saif Ali Khan would have loved to have while he is in a singing mode, what comes across as quite a delight is Sunidhi Chauhan who is so subtle and soft that one has to check the credits to ascertain if the girl behind the mike is indeed her. 'Hey Shona' has just the right ingredients that a love song in a young film starring Saif And Rani would have warranted and yet again Vishal Shekhar and Javed Akhtar saab ensure that they deliver what was very much expected from them.

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