Director Shankar gets royal wheels

Ace director Shankar has joined the elite club of owners of the prestigious Rolls-Royce car, considered one of the most expensive cars.
He got his swanky car registered at K.K. Nagar regional transport office (RTO) recently and has also got a special number (TN09 BQ 0008) by shelling out a few more bucks.

Though the 'Ghost' variant of the Rolls-Royce family, imported from the UK, costs Rs1.25 crore, the director had pay Rs1.75 crore towards customs duty, besides another Rs45 lakh for registration.

On Thursday afternoon, officials of K.K. Nagar RTO had a tough time keeping at bay the huge crowd that gathered around the swanky car in front of the office. Passersby stopped for a few minutes to have a glimpse of the sparkling black Rolls-Royce while kids and even a few elderly tried to touch it. However, they were not aware that the owner of the Rs3 crore car who was none other than ace film director Shankar, who has churned out several hits, including Endhiran.

Sources in the transport department told KollyInsider that the car had been registered in Shankar's name, though he was not present at the time of registration. He is residing in T. Nagar, which comes under Chennai West RTO office (K.K. Nagar).

Besides a few industrialists, film personalities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sanjay Dutt's wife Manyata are proud owners. However, Bollywood beauty Mallika Sherawat was denied the buy.

Rolls-Royce is just not sold to those who are rich, but only to one who has some social standing.


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