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10 yrs of Ta Ra Rum Pum: Angelina Idnani recalls fun with ‘Saif uncle and Rani di’

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.

bollywood Updated: Jun 13, 2017 18:43 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Angelina Idnani,Ali Haaji,Ta Ra Rum Pum
Angelina Idnani’s character was called ‘Princess’ in Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007).

“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.

Angelina Idnani was seen in Ta Ra Rum Pum and then vanished from the film scene.

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.

Rani Mukerji, Angelina Idnani, Saif Ali Khan and Ali Haaji in a still from Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007).

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.”

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First Published: Apr 27, 2017 07:55 IST