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A date with Bollywood
When Hrithik, Abhay and Farhan set out on their road trip in in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, everyone drooled. Not just because of the scenic Spanish countryside, but the soft-top Buick they rent out for the journey. Be it the Chevrolets or the Impalas from a bygone era or the Mercedes, Porsches and Ferraris of the present one, Bollywood's always been in love with convertibles. After all, they are just perfect for romantic escapades, car chases and dream numbers. Rewind to the '50s, when the 1920s Ford convertible held its own against the three irrepressible Ganguly brothers in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi.
A swanky 1948 Studebaker Commander was Shammi Kapoor's prized possession in Kashmir ki Kali as he sings Kahin na kahin. Films like Waqthad a whole fleet of them - from the oomphy ones in red and yellow that Raj Kumar and Sunil Dutt race in, to the pretty Standard that Sharmila Tagore drives. The romance continued with Rajesh Khanna crooning Mere sapnon ki rani and even Chala jata hoon in Mere Jeewan Saathi. Years later, Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai sang Kyon chalti hai pawan in a cute blue convertible. Even Tashan's red Mercedes convertible is one endearing memory cinegoers carry - more so than Kareena's size zero, from that film!
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