Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007): Columbia University at the Movies–Rani Mukerji (Bollywood)

Columbia, Mon Amour

The great Columbia University is my Alma Mater: M.Phil and Ph.D. in Sociology and Film (President’s Fellow)

I have also taught at Columbia’s Department of Sociology for about a decade, 1983-1991, courses such in the Sociology of Film, Film and Society, and Politics and Society.

I had spent several sabbaticals at Columbia’s School of the Arts (Film Division) and Sociology Department.

In 2010-2011, I was honored to replace my mentor, the great Andrew Sarris, when he was too ill-disposed to teach his classes in French New Wave and International Cinema of the 1930s.

Characters (in films and books) who attended Morningside Heights campus.

It’s rare for Columbia to be mentioned in a Bollywood film, but it is in the 2007 Indian hit Ta Ra Rum Pum.

 

Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan in "Ta Ra Rum Pum."
Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan in “Ta Ra Rum Pum.”

Rani Mukerji plays Radhika Banerjee Singh, a pianist who meets her future racecar-driver husband while studying in Columbia University’s music program.