Chasing the rainbow with Tata SE1613
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 .