“Taarzan The Wonder Car” is a perfect case study for comparing Bollywood with Hollywood, because it is heavily influenced by the John Carpenter film “Christine” (and, of course, the Stephen King novel it was based on). If you haven’t seen it or read it, “Christine” was about a self-regenerating, wickedly jealous car who would only play 50’s novelty tunes on her radio, and therefore drove people insane (and occasionally crushed people against walls).
Cast: Ayesha Takia, Ajay Devgan, Amrish Puri
Widower Deven Chaudhary (Ajay Devgan) lives a middle-class life with his mom (Farida Jalal), and only child, a son, Raj. He spends considerable time designing and perfecting the perfect car, calling it DC which is a very futuristic one and more advanced than any other present car in the market, and registering it’s patent. He also looks after an older model car, handed over to him by his late father, and calls it “Tarzan”.
He meets with Rakesh Kapoor and his partners, who do praise his design, but are unable to meet with his conditions. Shortly thereafter, Deven does meet Mukund Joshi, who is able to accept Deven’s demands. Deven returns home, tells his mother the good news, leaves home the next day, meets with an accident and dies, leaving his mother to bring up him son, Raj. Years later Raj(Vastal Seth) has grown up, works part-time in a garage, attends college where he meet Priya (Ayesha Takia) and both are in love. Raj gets a nostalgic surprise when he comes across a car wreck that resembles “Tarzan”.
He then borrows money from his grandmother, buys the wreck, not only restores it, but updates it considerably to make it look shiny and new. What Raj does not know that he will soon be implicated in a number of horrendous deaths, all involving his new car, and a Police Inspector named Khurana, who is determined to place him arrest, try him in Court, and ensure that he is hanged.
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