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The film re­leased 10 years ago, to­day. Ali Haaji re­calls crack­ing jokes with Rani Muk­erji, learn­ing dic­tion from Saif Ali Khan

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Re­mem­ber Champ, ac­tors Rani Muk­erji and Saif Ali Khan’s on-screen son in the 2007 film Ta Ra Rum Pum? Here’s catch­ing up with Ali Haaji, that cute kid who ear­lier played Aamir Khan and Ka­jol’s son in the 2006 film Fanaa, also di­rected by Ku­nal Kohli. “For Fanaa, I had long hair. So for Ta Ra Rum Pum, I had to chop it off and sport spikes. I was ex­cited,” 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. Be­ing a boy who loves cars, we had some mad mo­ments on the sets. 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. We even went to the Dis­ney Store and that has stayed with me the most,” says Ali.

The ac­tor, who has been part of over 100 com­mer­cials so far, says shoot­ing with Saif and Rani was fun. “I of­ten called them by their screen names to make things sim­pler. With Rani, we used to crack a lot of jokes and had a good laugh pretty of­ten. And Saif is a re­ally cool and chilled-out

guy. As a kid, my pro­nun­ci­a­tion was not al­ways cor­rect. He’d cor­rect me. I’d say ‘flim’ for ‘film’, and Saif would laugh­ingly cor­rect me,” re­calls Ali who now owns a the­atre pro­duc­tion— Clean State Stu­dios. As for his on-screen sis­ter, Princess [An­gelina Id­nani], Ali says they had a love-hate re­la­tion­ship both on- and off-screen.

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