The average Indian movie is incomplete without
the presence of vehicles. Be it the hero’s intro in suave luxury cars or super bikes,
the police in jeeps, kidnappers in Omnis, villains in Sumos, Rohit Shetty's inclination to blow up cars for fun, certain vehicles
have become part of a clichéd cinematic identity that is hard to forgo. From road movies to action to even comedy, we
have had movies of several genre, in which vehicles left an indelible mark.
Here’s my sneak peak into vehicles and cinema in the Indian scenario.
Amidst the mayhem of heavy supercars and bikes, not many movies have given importance to the bicycle. However one that did was the 1992 released Aamir Khan starrer, ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’.
A marathon cycle race scene in the climax was the highlight of this movie. In the town of Dehradun, Sanju’s (Aamir Khan) brother Ratan is a regular in the town’s intercollege cycling championship. The goose bump inducing climax sequence is not just another race for Sanju who takes over the pedals to win the race for his brother Ratan and seek revenge on Shekhar, Ratan’s enemy on the track.
“ The road has answers to everything and nothing clears your mind like a bike ride”.
this thought, Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, touted as Mollywood’s
first out and out road movie, romanticised the ‘Made Like A Gun, Goes Like A Bullet’
Royal Enfield. NPCB
is the story of Kasi’s (Dulquar Salman) soul searching journey to find his love, inspired by actor-traveller Charley Boorman’s series of books on his around the world trips. Kasi and his friend Suni (Sunny
Wayne) embark on a road trip across states from Kerala to Nagaland. The movie was shot in some of the exotically
beautiful locations in India. NPCB also
had scenes shot in the North East which shows around 100’s of Bullet owners
riding together in a rally, presumably during the North East Rider Mania. In
Kerala, NPCB ignited a fad for the Bullet and long rides among the travel
loving youngsters. In fact, as part of the promotions, a bike rally was
organised on the sidelines of the audio release of the movie at Kochi, with a group of 130
Royal Enfield Bullets led by the lead actor Dulquar Salman taking to the road.
The Dhoom series of movies showcased several hi-tech motorbikes. The movie Dhoom was the first movie of this series released in 2004 starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Uday Chopra. The bikes used in the film are the Suzuki Hayabusa (1300cc), the Suzuki GSX-R600 (600cc) and the Suzuki Bandit S (1200cc). Later, Dhoom 2 starring Hrithik Roshan used GSX-R 1000, Suzuki Bandit 1200 S and Suzuki GSR 600. Among these three, Hrithik appeared with GSX-R 1000, Uday with the same Bandit showed in Dhoom and Abhishek with GSR 600. In the recently released third instalment of the series starring Aamir Khan, the Dhoom team updated their bike from Hayabusha to BMW K 1300R. The BMW bike was chosen for Aamir while,this time Uday changed his bike with a red and white toned BMW S 1000 RR.
Years before all this, we saw Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) of the iconic hit ‘Sholay’,speeding away through dusty and rugged roads, singing ‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge’ on what inconclusively looks like a 1942 model BSA WA 500cc bike with a side car, though many argue that it was a Royal Enfield . Rumour has it that this song sequence that was filmed around the outskirts of Bengaluru, including the famous Big Banyan tree, took a whopping 21 days to shoot.