10 yrs of Ta Ra Rum Pum: Angelina Idnani and Ali Haaji recall fun with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji

Angelina Idnani — Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji’s on-screen daughter in Ta Ra Rum Pum — reminisces fun moments from shooting for the 2007 film.

“Rani di was more like a mother [to me] whereas with Saif uncle, it was more of jokes and him roaming around in his boxers, chilling with us,” recalls Angelina Idnani, who played actors Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji’s on-screen daughter, Princess, in the 2007 film Ta Ra Rum Pum.

As the film completes 10 years of its release today, we spoke to the child actor who is 19 years old now, but admits that she is very much in the Princess mode even today. “Since childhood, I always wanted to be like a diva. As a kid, I kept dancing at home, putting on makeup and trying on new clothes. The film just helped me reach there but then circumstances were such that I stopped acting,” says Angelina, who lost her father when she was in the sixth grade in school, and couldn’t continue with films after that.

Talking about these 10 years that have gone by, Angelina says a lot has changed, “But the fact that I still want to act hasn’t! My grandfather wanted me to walk the runway and become a beauty queen. And my father always wanted me to get into the movies and become an actress,” shares Angelina who is currently pursuing a diploma in Fashion Marketing.

Going down memory lane and recounting some memories of shooting for the film, Angelina shares special memories with Rani and Saif. “Rani di I gifted me a puppy on my birthday and Saif uncle said that I remind him of his daughter [Sara Ali Khan]. They both were so special that I can’t differentiate between them,” she says.

And what about her on-screen brother, Champ, played by actor Ali Haaji? “We had a really bad experience together but later, it got better. I got angry about the fact that Ali and I share the same birthday as well — October 30. I didn’t expect that and we both celebrated it together in Mumbai at Yash Raj Studios.” But what did they fight about? “There was a scene where Ali had Bruno (the dog) and I didn’t, so he got to hold the leash and that made me really angry and I felt that the scene won’t make any sense,” recalls Angelina.

So when is she thinking of making her big Bollywood debut? “In the next one year may be after I finish my diploma. In fact, I got calls for auditions for a couple of opportunities — one was a serial and second, I heard, was Student of the Year — but I let them go for my education.

Fun moments while shooting for the film

“I remember when we were shooting for the title song, in the background, it was all Croma. So there were a few scenes that I couldn’t do, for instance I couldn’t pretend to row the boat because it was animated. Then there was another scene with the crane, which usually picks you up in the air, but Ali and I couldn’t get it because we had to keep our feet crossed, so audiences don’t come to know that it’s actually a crane but that again both of us couldn’t do,” shares Angelina, adding: “While shooting for a song, Rani Di, Ali and I were so busy playing that everyone got delayed because of us. We were rolling on the bed, hitting each other with pillows and having a blast.”

Actor Ali Haaji shares how being a part of a film like Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) — starring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji — was a dream come true for him.

Remember Champ, actors Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan’s on-screen son in the 2007 film Ta Ra Rum Pum? As the film completes 10 years of its release today, here’s catching up with Ali Haaji (Champ), the cute kid who earlier played Aamir Khan and Kajol’s son in the 2006 film Fanaa (also directed by Kunal Kohli). Ali now owns a theatre production, Clean Slate Studios.

“For Fanaa, I had long hair. So for Ta Ra Rum Pum, I had to chop it off and sport spikes. That change was quite exciting,” recalls Ali, who was six years old when he did the Saif-Rani starrer. Now 16, he says it was a “really cool film” to be a part of as a kid. “It was about car racing and being a boy who loves cars, we had some mad moments on the sets… Being a little kid and having seen New York City and Times Square and Manhattan in so many films, it was nothing short of a dream come true going to that city; and we stayed there for almost two months, so that was crazy.”

Ali cherishes the time they visited the Disney Store. “Having watched all of Disney cartoons and being a fan of toys, shooting for a song there was again a dream being realised. It was such a blast.” He even shares a funny anecdote. “Rani, Saif and Angelina were pretty good dancers and I really couldn’t dance as a kid. For the songs, the choreographer had a tough time making me dance. It was so funny that even now when I look at those scenes, everyone has their steps right and I am there jumping and dancing around like a cartoon. God! What was I doing?”

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Actor Ali Haaji shares how being a part of a film like Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) — starring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji — was a dream come true for him.
bollywood Updated: Apr 27, 2017 07:59 IST

Monika Rawal Kukreja

Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times

Ali Haaji
Ali Haaji played Aamir Khan and Kajol’s on-screen son in Fanaa (2006) before he shot for Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007).

Remember Champ, actors Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan’s on-screen son in the 2007 film Ta Ra Rum Pum? As the film completes 10 years of its release today, here’s catching up with Ali Haaji (Champ), the cute kid who earlier played Aamir Khan and Kajol’s son in the 2006 film Fanaa (also directed by Kunal Kohli). Ali now owns a theatre production, Clean Slate Studios.

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“For Fanaa, I had long hair. So for Ta Ra Rum Pum, I had to chop it off and sport spikes. That change was quite exciting,” recalls Ali, who was six years old when he did the Saif-Rani starrer. Now 16, he says it was a “really cool film” to be a part of as a kid. “It was about car racing and being a boy who loves cars, we had some mad moments on the sets… Being a little kid and having seen New York City and Times Square and Manhattan in so many films, it was nothing short of a dream come true going to that city; and we stayed there for almost two months, so that was crazy.”

Ali cherishes the time they visited the Disney Store. “Having watched all of Disney cartoons and being a fan of toys, shooting for a song there was again a dream being realised. It was such a blast.” He even shares a funny anecdote. “Rani, Saif and Angelina were pretty good dancers and I really couldn’t dance as a kid. For the songs, the choreographer had a tough time making me dance. It was so funny that even now when I look at those scenes, everyone has their steps right and I am there jumping and dancing around like a cartoon. God! What was I doing?”

Recalling fun times spent with his on-screen parents, Saif and Rani, Ali shares, “Well, I often called them by their screen names to make things simpler. With Rani, we used to crack a lot of jokes. And Saif, he’s really cool, a chilled out guy. I remember I had some fun scenes with him. As a kid, my pronunciation was not entirely correct. Saif would often correct me. For instance, I’d say ‘flim’ for ‘film’, and Saif would laughingly correct me.”

Playing Champ, Ali says he could relate to him at many levels. “There’s definitely a part of Champ within me. He was a really emotional kid and that’s how I am, even today,” says the actor, who has been part of more than 100 commercials so far.

And what about his on-screen sister, Princess [played by Angelina Idnani]? Ali says that they enjoyed a love-hate relationship both on- and off-screen. “As kids, we would do lots of masti and sometimes we were just in our own zones. I think we had developed that Champ and Princess relationship even off screen to some extent because of which we could put that on-screen in a very sweet manner,” he says.

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