Chas­ing the rain­bow with Tata SE1613

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Writer- Di­rec­tor Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rain­bow) boasts of in­no­cence that hinges on the im­pec­ca­bil­ity of two highly op­ti­mistic sib­lings Pari (He­tal Gada) and Chotu (Kr­rish Ch­habria). The en­thu­si­as­tic brother-sis­ter duo have con­trast­ing fan­dom for Bol­ly­wood Ac­tors Shah Rukh Khan and Sal­man Khan re­spec­tively. Pari be­lieves that her idol, Shah Rukh Khan, who ap­pears on the posters of an eye do­na­tion cam­paign, can help her re­store blind Chotu’s vi­sion be­fore his ninth birthday. With this, they em­bark on their jour­ney to meet Khan who is shoot­ing in Ra­jasthan. Dhanak is piv­otal to the ap­peal­ing Ra­jasthani ex­ot­ica as the back­ground is of­ten dec­o­rated with un­du­lat­ing dunes, camels, vi­brant tur­bans and tribal women. Af­ter out­ra­geously walk­ing through the sands, un­der the scorch­ing sun, they hop on a Tata SE 1613 for a quick ride to ac­com­plish their mis­sion.

The Tata SE 1613 that fea­tures in the movie is one of the most fa­mil­iar sights on In­dian roads. Per­haps the most sell­ing medi­um­duty truck in In­dia, the SE 1613 could be had with a fully-built cabin or as a cowl, the 4x2 SE 1613 is a semi-for­ward con­trol de­sign that de­rives from the leg­endary 1210 SE. With a GVW of 16.2-tonnes, the truck is pow­ered by a 136 hp, 697 TCIC 5.6-litre BSIV com­mon-rail turbo-diesel en­gine mated to a six-speed man­ual transmission. Em­ploy­ing a lad­der frame with riv­eted mul­ti­ple cross mem­ber, the SE 1613 gets a hy­drauli­cally power as­sisted steer­ing and full air s-cam brake sys­tem. The sus­pen­sion of the truck is made up of semi-el­lip­ti­cal leaf springs at the front and rear. Tyres are 10x20-16 PR .

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