Planning to buy a new car but confused about what to buy? We’ll make the decision easier by recommending the right car for you based upon your favourite Bollywood actor!
Amitabh Bachchan : Chevrolet Cruze
No one has captured the imagination of Indian movie goers as Amitabh Bachchan – who else but him can invoke the kind of devotional frenzy that marked his near fatal injury in 1982? In a career spanning 45 grand years, he has mesmerized us as the angry young man, the intense lover, the inimitable comic, the stern patriarch and the grouchily hip “senior citizen” lover. Salman Rushdie tells us in Midnight’s Children that “what can’t be cured must be endured”, and there is no bigger exemplar of endurance in India than the Big B (incidentally he severely dislikes this moniker).
If love at first sight is possible with a car, then it has to be with the Chevrolet Cruze. Gorgeous looks on the outside and inside (the cockpit dashboard will make your pulse race), elegant luxury, superb handling and powerhouse performance – this is the car to zip across the Vodadara Expressway or the German autobahns, and don’t forget to roll down the sun roof before you floor the accelerator. With a design inspired by the iconic Chevrolet Corvette, the Cruze is built to own the road.
Shah Rukh Khan a.k.a. SRK: Honda City
For over two decades, King Khan has been the undisputed Badshah of Bollywood, successfully (and sometimes embarrassingly) patenting Rahul & Raj in Hindi cinema. Crib as we may about his nostril flaring emoting, there is no denying that SRK is Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment. And for giving us DDLJ, Swades & Chak De! India, we will forgive him his “Rahul, Naam toh suna hoga”!
Just like SRK, the Honda City has also been the darling of Indian car owners since it was first launched in 1996 (just 4 years after SRK’s Bollywood debut in Deewana) . If you want a “premium” sedan that is extremely reliable, offers great safety & comfort, and unequivocally proclaims that you have made it in life – look no further than the Honda City. A new version of the City, in both petrol and diesel options, will be unveiled soon.
Aamir Khan a.k.a AK: Maruti Suzuki Swift & Maruti Swift Dezire
King Khan may have swept all the awards but it’s Mr. Perfectionist who is the beloved of critics and film lovers. And for good reason, for what would Hindi cinema be without this versatile performer, tireless thinker and OCD director/producer? No one but AK could have reinvented the lovable tapori in so many different ways, from Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin to Andaz Apna Apna, Rangeela & Dil Chahta Hai.
The Maruti Swift had a sensational debut in 2005, finally offering a premium hatchback that was quirky yet affordable. Since then, it has cast a Roger Federer-esque grip on this segment, easily managing to outsell the competition and spreading its wings into the entry level sedan market with the equally popular Swift Dzire. If you want a car that is solid, safe, great fun to drive and is backed by the best service network in the country, the Swift or its elder sibling Swift Dzire is the car for you.
Hrithrik Roshan: Hyundai Verna & Hyundai i20
Drop dead gorgeous, dances like a dream, and a pretty good actor – it’s difficult not to get giddy in the head over Junior Roshan. Pity that his father has monopolized him for the Krish duds – how we’d love to see him do another Lakshaya or even Jodha Akbar.
The Hyundai Fluidic Verna & Hyundai i20 are by far the sexiest cars in the premium sedan and premium hatchback segment respectively. Backed by the superb Hyundai service network and loaded to the gills with eye popping features usually found in luxury cars, it’s no wonder that the Verna and i20 have been giving sleepless nights to City & Swift. The petrol version of the Verna may not offer the fun-to-drive factor or the rear seat comfort of these cars, but it’s definitely the car to make the boss or the ex burn up with envy!
In Part 2 of this article, we will suggest the ideal car to complement your love for five more of Bollywood’s hot actors. Meanwhile, here are nine things we learnt in our quest for a new car.
1. You will fall in love with a car you cannot afford.
2. You will move on, and fall more sensibly in love with a car that you can afford.
3. You will violently hate the car you had a crush on before you started the testdrives.
4. You will spend the week before delivery repeatedly testdriving all the cars available in the market, from the Nano to the Volvo (you are a sensible woman and know the Maseratti is just not practical for India).
5. You will want to cancel the booking on the day of registration, and will need to be dragged at gunpoint to the car dealer by your family, who’ve had enough of your vacillating.
6. You will end up choosing a colour that you swore is “too loud” or “too common”
7. You will end up buying a car that wasn’t even in your initial shortlist.
8. You will find fault with the imported leather upholstery, the retro dash, the audio tweeters and virtually everything else in the car in your first week of ownership.
9. You will shriek at anyone who comes within touching distance of “my dark beauty” and sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to check if it needs anything (more petrol, what else!) after the first week of ownership.
You see dear My Big Red Bag girls: Just like your man, no car is perfect – but for you it is the most beautiful thing in this world.