Riding the Janbus
The Ashok Leyland Janbus has played a cameo role in a Hindi movie, ‘Badrinath ki Duhania’, that was released in March 2017. A romantic comedy film, which was promoted as yet another in a series of such movies after ‘Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania’, which was released in 2014, the scene that features the Janbus is when the hero Badrinath (played by Varun Dhawan) dreams of chasing a beautiful girl Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt), whom he sees at a wedding. Barinath is shown chasing the girl on the streets of Kota, Rajasthan, as she rides the Janbus. The movie, directed by Shashank Khaitan, portrays Barinath as a lad from a wealthy family staying in Jhansi. Upon seeing Vaidehi at the wedding Baridnath falls head over heels for her. He makes it a mission to marry Vaidehi even if it involves going against the wish of his father. Bardinath has in front of him the example of his elder brother, who was compelled to marry a girl suggested by his father despite loving some other girl.
Even if it is in a dream, the Janbus plays a positive role in depicting a journey of love between two young souls. Found in many cities of India, Ashok Leyland Janbus is claimed to come with a highly competitive acquisition cost. First citybus in India to offer an automated manual transmission, the Janbus, introduced in August, 2014, is a fully-flat floor, front-engine bus with singlestep entry. It is feature rich and technologically well configured. Designed as an innovative transport solution to those who find the cost of acquiring low-floor rear-engine city-buses exorbitant, the Janbus has come to be regarded for its ability to deliver a smooth, comfortable and affordable ride. With a uniform floor height of 650 mm, the Janbus is easy to board and exit. It is equipped with Passenger Information System (PIS), vehicle tracking and an infotainment system. Complying with urban bus specifications, and the bus code, the bus offers high degree of customisation options, including the placement of doors and seats. Capable of being used for regular routes as well as for BRT, or for airport duty, the Janbus is available with AC and without AC. Capable of seating 40 people, the Janbus is powered by a ‘H’ series, six-cylinder, common rail diesel engine that produces 225 hp at 2500 rpm of power, and 800 Nm of maximum torque. Transmission is a sixspeed, Leymatic AMT. Called the Optidrive, the AMT tech is modular in nature, and enables smooth and comfortable travel. The Janbus shown in the movie bears the ‘Kota Parivahan Seva’ logo, and is non AC. In the movie it makes for a refreshing change over the city-buses shown in movies with interiors that look bland, cramped and uninspiring.