• Apr 11, 2007

Perhaps there are some of you who haven't found the music, dancing, passion, heartache, drama, and redemption that manage to find their way into every Bollywood film exciting enough. If so, and the addition of NASCAR-style trading paint and Turn Three excitement is what you're looking for, then the new Bollywood film Ta Ra Rum Pum is just the ticket.

According to the storyline, it looks to be a cross between Days of Thunder, The Truman Show, and every Andrew Lloyd Weber production. But as any Bollywood fan knows, no mere words or comparisons could begin to describe the movie is actually about. It is equally difficult to describe why the movie's creators chose to have the hero drive a NASCAR-ready Chevy Aveo (race on Sunday, sell on Monday . . . in India?). Go here to check it out for yourself, and to get songs, videos, and downloads (note: adjust your volume first). And if you want to sing along, it goes a little something like this: "Jab bhi ho gham, zyada ya kam, muskuraayenge, gaayenge hum, ta ra rum pum, ta ra rum pum. . . ."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Paul,
      Of course, not all Indians are Hindu but the majority are. I work in IT, so I have LOTS of Indian collegues as well as personal friends. Not all have a Ganesh in the car, but many certainly do, in various styles. I'm not an expert on bollywood films, but after awhile, there are common themes that show up again and again, and there are specific Indian cultural values that are common themes (family, marriage, status, honoring parents wishes), so you have to watch in that context. A good "starter" Bollywood movie would be Lagaan, because it is not too long, and it many ways it's like an American baseball movie, drama, suspense, triumph against odds, etc. etc. (but cricket instead!).

      The musical numbers are like nothing else. The closest comparison would be Hollywood movie musicals of the 30's and 40's. The dance productions can involve hundreds of people, and scenes might cut from the streets of NYC, to the Swiss Alps, to Hawaii, all in one song. Totally ridiculous, but fun. Also, Indian movies are rather chaste because of censors, so they're kid-safe, and any naughtiness is by suggestion rather than being overt. I don't even think they directly show lip-to-lip kissing (the actors usually turn their heads a split second before lips touch) but some of the newer films are getting slightly racier.

      An American independent film with Indian themes, but less song and dance, is "American Desi". If you like the Rambo-style shoot-em-up genre, then search anything with "Kashmir" in the name. They're violent, but still often have the song & dance in them!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ROFL, this just made my day :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did anyone else notice that it said Chevy Aveo on the side of the car? Is the Aveo going to be the preferred car of NASCAR fans in India?
      • 7 Years Ago
      WTF !?!?!?!? Rajneesh Earnhart? Pritha Gordon?

      If it makes money for them, well, OK then!
      Billy Ray
      • 7 Years Ago

      Atcha! Where is the 7-11 and Exxon station decals?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well i can clear the mystery of Aveo Branding. Both the lead actors are endorsing the chevy Aveo brand in india. Most movies in india have in film branding and as the largest clientile would be here back in India i suppose Chevy decided to get the car branded as Aveo
      • 7 Years Ago
      When, when, when will this movie be released in the US? I have never watched a Bollywood film. I will travel 100 miles to watch this one. This should be a hoot!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bollywood movies are an absolute scream, if a bit long. I can picture it now, racers running around the track, then all of the sudden they stop dead in their tracks, get out of their cars, and an elaborate song and dance number ensues.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bill, how is that at all funny?
      Bollywood = Indian
      not Hindu.....as far as I am aware? Correct me if I am wrong...


      Anyway, never seen a Bollywood film...mite try this one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHA....

      i'm sorry, but i'm indian myself. and this was the absolute funniest way to wake up and start my day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not NASCAR.............INDIECAR
      • 6 Years Ago
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