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Those wheels of desire: stars and their 'car'mic connections

Today every actor, tiny or titanic, believes that slick wheels are a must-own. Vajir Singh and Hiren Kotwani polled movie townies on their car passions.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2008 18:08 IST
Vajir Singh and Hiren Kotwani
Vajir Singh and Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Many of them remember their days of struggle..autorickshaws, buses, trains, the works. And they also remember their first set of wheels like the first pay packet they gave to mum.

Today every actor, tiny or titanic, believes that slick wheels are a must-own. So, even as the nation buzzes with all that automobile talk, Vajir Singh and Hiren Kotwani polled movie townies on their car passions. Incidentally, both our intrepid reporters are dreaming about owning proud Nanos already.

Urmila Matondkar
First Car:
A little white Fiat which I was extremely proud of. I drove it the most from all my cars.
Now: Mercedes, Honda and an SUV .
Tomorrow: I'd love to own a two-seater Porsche or a Mercedes SLR 500.

Bipasha Basu
First car: Honda City, it's a fabulous car, it has a great engine. It was lucky for me, it's with my hair-stylist now.
Now: Porsche Cayenne and Skoda Octavia. The Porsche is a super class luxury, a driving pleasure. The Skoda is value for money with great mileage and fantastic suspension.
Tomorrow: I'd love to own an Audi V8 or V6..but my dream car will always be a Bentley .

Rahul Bose
First car: Maruti 800..that was when I was directing Everybody Says I'm Fine. I would drive in it from town to and fro from RK Studio in Chembur.. it brings back fond memories of lengthy script sessions in the car.
Now: A Mercedes C class.
Tomorrow: I don't really care about a dream car since I don't drive myself.

Irrfan Khan
First car:
Maruti 800, it was a loyal, dependable car. I loved it.
Now: I own a Prado, it's fantastic for long-distance drives, which I go on very often.
Tomorrow: A car which is electronic or runs on solar energy.. and which can also fly .

Gul Panag
First car: Tata Indica which I bought from a part of my winnings from Miss India. I really loved that car, it was sturdy it kept , me going.
Now: Skoda Octavia and Scorpio.
Tomorrow: I need a car which will take me through expressways and kacha roads as well. I'd love to own an Audi A6 of course.. along with an SUV like the Skoda Yeti or the Jeep Cherokee.

Koena Mitra
First car: Honda City and then a SUV Ford Endeavor. The Honda City was so special to me that I didn't sell it.. I gave it to a friend, so I can see it once in a while.
Now: SUV Lexus. Always liked SUVs.. big cars.. speed is a turnon. A Lexus is a real dude of a car. A girl looks really cool driving a SUV. I've always had black cars.. it's my favourite colour.
Tomorrow: A Ferrari or a Hummer.

Ishaa Koppikar
First car: Like most Mumbaikars, my first car was a Maruti 800.
Now: A Ford Endeavor Hurricane. It's ideal for Mumbai's roads.
Tomorrow: I would love to own a Range Rover and a Red Ferrari. I will soon buy one of these cars.. inshaallah.

Amrita Arora


: I got my first car when I was just 18 years, it was an Esteem.


: A Honda CRV.


: I would love to own an Aston Martin.

Jiah Khan



: Honda Accord. It's very spacious and smooth.


: Range Rover.


: A Bugatti or Mercedes SLR.

Kim Sharma
car: Honda City
Now: Honda CRV. The gear system is automatic, so it's very useful in dense traffic.
Tomorrow: A Porsche.

Sameera Reddy
car: Silver Maruti Esteem, my pride and joy .
Now: An E Class 270 CDI Mercedes.
Tomorrow: I'd love to own a Phantom Rolls Royce.

Big stars.. seen driving around in..
Shah Rukh Khan - BMW
Sanjay Dutt - Ferrari, Lexus,
Aamir Khan - BMW SUV
Hrithik Roshan - Jaguar, Porsche Cayenne
Salman Khan - BMW, Land Cruiser
Amitabh Bachchan - Lexus, BMW X5, Benzes
Akshay Kumar - Lexus LX 470, Toyota Prado
Ajay Devgan - Masareti
Sunny Deol - Mercedes
Aishwarya Rai - Lexus LX 470, Mercedes Benz
Kareena Kapoor - Lexus LX 470
Preity Zinta - Lexus LX 470
John Abraham - Prado
Shahid Kapur - Mercedes
Sushmita Sen - Lexus
Shiney Ahuja - BMW X5
Bobby Deol - Porsche
Arjun Rampal - Porsche SUV
Dia Mirza - Lexus LX 470
Sunil Shetty - Hummer, Lexus, Prado