MUMBAI: Thought Saif Ali Khan plays a car racer in his just released Ta Ra Rum Pum, in real life he stays away from such risky sports.
â€œNo Iâ€™d never race cars. Itâ€™s one of the most popular sports in the US. But I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d even want to watch it. But my son Ibrahim loves it and would love the film. Thatâ€™s the beauty of Yash Raj. They know what the audience of every age wants,â€ Saif said. â€œThe film raises the bar for this kind of cinema. Binod Pradhanâ€™s cinematography is of international quality. Welcome to world-class cinema.â€
Refuting rumours that Siddharth Anandâ€™s Ta Ra Rum Pum is inspired by Tom Cruise in Days Of Thunder, Saif says that the only similarity between the two films is the car racing background.
â€œThe similarities are skin deep. When Siddharth narrated the idea I said, Days Of Thunder! He told me that was a rubbish movie. The only thing in common is the car racing background.â€
Saif remembers some touching moments in New York. â€œThey sent Ibrahim a little racing outfit from there. He was really kicked. But as a sport, car racing is too dangerous. But I did get into sports cars for Ta Ra Rum Pum. We drove at around 150 mph. For one shot done by a double we drove at 200 mph. All the instruments were constantly crooked while your head hits the panel. Itâ€™s so hot in there. No doors. Itâ€™s like a metal coffin. Youâ€™re walled in, strapped in, you can hardly breathe. And those car racers really want to do it. They enjoy cruising at that speed.â€