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Sexy Taxis: Harbinger of romance

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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When was the last time a romance was seen blossoming on to the screen in the Hindi films? Were one to rake the memory the latest signpost for this category could be found in CHEENI KUM, where Amitabh Bachchan with an arrogance pronounces that the romance as it blossoms in the taxis cannot be matched with the romance that blossoms when one is driving one's own vehicle. After all, road has also to be looked into apart from looking into the eyes of the beloved, therefore he mumbles number of times in CHEENI KUM that the taxis are the sexy, while own cars are no comparison.

In fact after the advent of the bigger cars on to the Indian screen, an automobile revolution unleashed so to say, with the major car-makers entering into various strategic deals to get a focus of prominence for their vehicles, one finds it very rare to see a taxi in the frame. Where ever it does pop up, it projects the image of humanity, humbleness and a helping hand. The taxi in the films LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI after all served its purpose when it brought the daughter of Lucky Singh aka Diya Mirza back home. A Saif Ali Khan had also become a taxi driver but as he was a car racing star earlier in TARA RUM PUM PUM he was not able to generate same kind of emotional bonding with the crowd.

Taxis we identified as a part of the film as they were able to generate warmth and a feeling of empathy with the audience. Were one to pinpoint one man who could be credited single handedly for establishing taxis into the imagination of the common public in a sexy manner, Dev Anand would stand out as the flag bearer. Be it NAU DO GYARAH or TAXI DRIVER or JAAL or CID, taxis played an integral part, and in most of these films Dev Anand played the role of a taxi driver in one way or the other. The panache with which Dev Anand could identify with a taxi could not be emulated by his contemporaries be it Raj Kapoor or Dilip Kumar, in fact it could be difficult to associate one film where they could display bonding with a taxi. It was Kishore Kumar who gave the taxi a different dimension in CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI. Dev Anand continued to keep his association with the taxis in the era of coloured films as well, and JAANE MAN was its culmination. It could be probably the only time when a Hema Malini was seen as a Sikh cleaner romancing with Dev Anand in the taxi. Taxis in fact where the first step forward for a family of Hindi film, where a son after studying and not finding a job was shown driving taxis during the night, or even driving taxis to sponsor his education. The role played by Shashi Kapoor in WAQT is an apt testimony to the same.

Amitabh Bachchan also had a close association with taxis in his films, and he got an opportunity to make taxi his beloved as he did in KHUDDAR. In the current triumvirate of Khans, it was Aamir Khan who as RAAJA HINDUSTANI brought back taxi on to the silver screen once again with a vengeance.

With the taxis undergoing metamorphosis and new fleet of cars also being used as taxis it would indeed be fun to watch a new romance getting unfolded on to the screen. Taxis indeed invoke romance manifest from the opportunities which one gets to watch CHUPKE CHUPKE and the aroma of romance continues to linger after the movie has ended. May be, that romance needs to be kindled once again, as taxis indeed are sexy.

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