From the black & white era to the 3D movies, Bollywood films have evolved drastically. One thing that hasn’t changed though, is the posh vehicles driven by the protagonists in the films. Used by leading characters in the movies, some cars are still remembered for their enticing looks, while some films are known for featuring high-end vintage cars that are now classics. Here’s a list of cars used in Hindi movies from the golden age to the modern cinema, have a look.
1949 Buick Super Convertible in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - Celebrating a decade of ‘DilChahta Hai’ the bother sister duo teamed up for the mindboggling ‘Zindagi Na MilegiDobara’. Shot in Spain, the three friends unite for a bachelor trip and drive in a 1949 Buick Super Convertible, powered by the 4.0-litre petrol engine with 120bhp output and two-speed automatic gearbox.
Mercedes Benz 300 SL Convertible in Dil Chahta Hai - Farhan Akhtar’s debut film as director, ‘DilChahta Hai’ was a modern take on friendship. This film could be held responsible for making Goa’s Chapora fort popular, now commonly known as the DilChahtahai fort. The three friends take on a road trip to Goa in an open top Mercedes Benz 300 SL convertible. Under the hood, this Merc featured a 3-litre, six-cylinder engine tuned to make 228bhp of top power.
Hyundai Santa Fe in Don 2 - The second outing of the SRK’s Don, hit theatres in 2011 and went on to be a blockbuster akin to the first movie in the Don franchise. SRK, who also endorses Korean auto brand, Hyundai is seen driving its cars in the movie. In fact, around 67 Hyundai cars were used in the film including Santa Fe that is one of the several models in the premium SUV space.
DC Avanti in Dilwale - SRK and Kajole reunited after years for Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale, in 2014. Known for crazy car stunts in his films, Rohit Shetty used a series of customized cars, including DC Avanti. Interestingly, Rohit Shetty also owns this India-made sports car.
Volvo XC90 in Three Idiots - Raju Hirani’s blockbuster film from 2009 was a take on the traditional education system in India. Featuring Aamir Khan as the protagonists, the other leading characters in the film embark on a journey to find him in a Volvo XC90. An integral part of the ‘behatihawasatha who’ song, the car is propelled by the 2.4-litre, 189bhp.
Willys Jeep CJ3B in Aradhna - The song that shot newbie in the tinsel town, Rajesh Khanna to fame is the iconic ‘mere sapnoki rani’ song wherein he is seen in a Willys Jeep CJ3B. Interestingly, it was left-hand-wheel drive model with a 75bhp, 2.2-litre, four cylinder “hurricane’ petrol unit paired to a three-speed manual transmission.
1955 Chverolet Bel Air in Jewel Theif - How can we not talk about the legend, Dev Anand and the Chevrolet Bel Air that featured in his 1967 magnus opus film, ‘Jewel Theif’. The Bel Air convertible powered by the 4.3-litre, V8, 8-cylinder engine with top power of 162bhp, features in the popular song, ‘yehdilnahotabechara’.
Porsche 911 Targa in Shaan - The 1980s era was dominated by the ‘Angry Young Man’ of Indian cinema, megastar, Amitabh Bachchan. In his multi-starrer 1980 film, ‘Shaan’ with Shashi Kapoor, where both play sneak thief, the actor falls for a smashing Porsche 911 Targa.
Chevrolet Impala Convertible in Haathi Mere Saathi - The cult hit ‘Haath Mere Saathi’ from the 1970s featuring India’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna revolves around elephants. What interests us though, is the 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible driven by the lead actress in the film, Tanuja. Powered by the 3.9-litre, six-cylinder engine with three-speed gearbox Impalas were imported to India in the 1970s.
DC Designed Blush Red Car in Dil Toh Pagal Hai - Known as the king of romance, SRK worked in some blockbuster films under the YRF banner. In one of his films from 1997, ‘DilTohPagal Hai’ the actor is seen driving in a blush red two seater car, that is apparently designed by design guru, DilipChhabria.