At the Auto Expo 2018, Shah Rukh Khan was possibly the most prominent celebrity present as he unveiled the Hyundai Swachh Can dustbin. The small plastic dustbin will now be present in all Hyundai cars' armrest so that people can stop littering the roads and support the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. On the sidelines of the unveil we got some time with Shah Rukh Khan, popularly known as SRK or King Khan by his fans. During the interaction, we talked to him about many things including his favourite car and his thoughts on future mobility. SRK did give us some surprising answers, giving a better glimpse into his inclination towards cars.
Quite obviously, one of the first questions to be put up to Shah Rukh Khan was what is the car he likes the most. Shah Rukh started speaking about his long association with the Hyundai Santro and how 20 years back, both he and Hyundai were new in their fields. After more than two decades, he continues to have an emotional connect with the Santro and uses it time and again. Beyond that, he added that he has always had an inclination towards the armed forces and wanted to be a soldier before becoming an actor. With this interest, he said no vehicle matches the charm of an open Army jeep and that he would like to buy one.
While Shah Rukh Khan is known to travel mostly in BMW sedans, he also mentioned he likes to use the Creta frequently as he likes it a lot as an overall vehicle.
Given his emotional connect with the Santro and the rumour mill suggesting a new Santro being launched this year, Shah Rukh Khan was asked what he thinks of the Santro comeback. Responding to this question, he said that Hyundai doesn't tell him what films to make and he doesn't tell them what cars to make and hence it's a good marriage between them. That said, he added he continues to have a soft spot for the Santro but doesn't know anything about a new model being considered or not.
Next up was the question about difference in technology between Indian and other countries and Shah Rukh's views on future automotive technologies. Answering the question, Shah Rukh Khan said that the cars in India are at par with the globe and most cars we drive today are the same ones that sell in Europe or any other parts of the world. In terms of technology, he said the biggest talk point right now is electric vehicles. He added that apart from just carmakers, the state governments and other authorities too will need to come in tandem to plan the policy directives and infrastructure developments. Shah Rukh pointed out that India was one of the last countries to adopt mobile phones but is the most advanced today and that he hopes something similar will happen in India in the electric vehicle space too.
Since Shah Rukh Khan was there at the Auto Expo 2018 to unveil Hyundai's Swachh Can in line with PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Asked about the initiative, he said that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is not the PM's idea and is a state of mind for all of us. He added that the PM has reminded us of it, which in a way is both good and bad. Bad, since somebody had to tell us as we should have known it by our own nature but it was important for someone to point it out, which he did and after that everybody is now taking the mission forward.