RS – Welcome to Exhibit Drives. I’ve come here to pick Arjun Kapoor in this new Volvo XC90. Apparently, I can see that he also has had one for a long time. I don’t know which car he’s going to pick today, but whatever he chooses is going to be a lot of fun conversation. Stay tuned and watch the video until the end because it’s going to be an exciting one.
RS – Hi Arjun, how’s life?
Arjun – Hi Ramesh, all good, how are you?
RS – I’m fine. Now, tell me, which one?
Arjun – Which one?… I already have one in my parking space. So, I’m going to choose the one you brought here.
RS – I thought so.
Arjun – But who’s going to drive? You or me?
RS – Please, let me drive!
Arjun – Okay, cool!
RS – Arjun, I have a surprise for you. Why don’t you open the glovebox?
Arjun – Ohh, nice, but don’t call it my surprise, it’s our surprise.
RS –Now, we’ll play a simple game. It’s called pairing mode, where you have to connect your phone on Bluetooth with this and play your favourite track.
Arjun – I already own one Volvo, which is paired with my phone, and after pairing with this car, my phone would think, “How many Volvo’s this guy is buying?”
RS – So now you have to play the track.
Arjun plays the song.
RS – Nice track
Arjun – This is Diljit Dosanjh
RS – Is he your favourite?
Arjun – Yes, he’s not just my favourite in one thing, I like his fashion sense, his music, and of course his attitude.
RS – Now that we’re talking about music, are you a good singer?
Arjun – Not as good as Diljit, for sure, but I can give it a try because usually nobody likes when I sing, and now that you’ve asked, I’ll try my best.
Arjun sings Bol Naa Halke Halke from Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
RS – Arjun, I’ll be honest, you suck!
Arjun – I agree
RS – So, Arjun, what are the 5 essential things you carry with you on a road trip?
Arjun – It is difficult to break it down into 5 things. I think the most important is to have a good amount of water and food. These are also necessities because you need to take care of yourself as you are going. It would be best if you had enough ways to charge your phone and electronic devices. So on a road trip, you are not compromising needing help from anyone else if your phone goes off or if your iPad etc., are not working correctly.
Arjun – I think a sleeping bag in case you need a layover somewhere where you are staying if you are staying out in the open in a tent. Great music because, most importantly, to make sure that you’re enjoying the drive and for everybody’s mood. What is the fifth thing? Good company, I think that’s essential on a road trip. You can go alone, but you should find good company on your way somehow.
RS – Who are the 6 people you will take in this 7-seater?
Arjun – Six people?
RS – Or 5 people?
Arjun – I haven’t had a road trip with my family, so I think ideally with my dad, Jahnvi, Khushi, Anshula and myself, that’s about it.
RS – I was expecting some dramatic answers
Arjun – No, no! I am not giving you TRP because I think that is overdue.
RS – Now let’s talk a bit of tech. Tell me, who would you pick, Elon Musk or Steve Jobs?
Arjun – I think for anybody in my generation, with all due respect to what Elon Musk is achieving today, it wouldn’t be possible without appreciating what Steve Jobs did and started the conversation and to go between Microsoft and then evolving his own company, Apple and the kind of tech that Apple has given to the world.
RS – Yeah, I agree with you, Arjun. Steve Jobs is my favourite also. Now since we are talking tech, let’s go deep. What do you think about meta, and what do you think about startups? Do you invest in startups, meta etc.?
Arjun – Where startups are concerned, I have invested in a couple of startups and trying to keep them low profile since we are startups. They should grow for what the business is.
RS – Correct
Arjun – Versus celebrities are coming in to try and push it. The one startup that I have spoken about is a food cloud which is very close to my heart primarily because it’s one of my friends. A couple of my friends from Delhi started this.
RS – So Arjun, what made you buy the XC90 in the first place?
Arjun – In pure, honest terms, the comfort and the fact that driving it is comfortable but along with that being a passenger in the car is even more comfortable because it is one of the smoothest drives. It’s such a silent beauty, it’s a sophisticated car and very understated. I rarely look at cars and pick them up in white, but I fell in love with the fact that it looks so clean. I think the design, slickness, and interiors are value for money. For anybody watching, I have to say, it’s a car that is value for money.
Arjun – I’ve done whatever basic research and study that you do, and you realise what an absolute steal and bargain for the feature. The kind of features and for the kind of sophistication and technology and the styling. It’s a car that I personally enjoy driving, even though I don’t get too much time to drive. My sister is obsessed, and she fights with me to use it. And I have to confess that it’s a car that will be with me for a long, long time because I’d prefer to upgrade it rather than swap. So for me, it’s like, I feel a sense of loyalty to Volvo because of how amazing the car has made me and my family feel.
RS – Arjun, what is the particular feature that you love about the car?
Arjun – Who doesn’t like a good massage?
RS – Yes. I am sure you are having one right now
Arjun – No, I am not. I am being very nice; that is my favourite feature for sure. And then the air cleanser. In a situation where you want to feel good sitting in your car, you know you want to relax and want to be able to breathe easy. It allows it to happen.
RS – So Arjun, what is the next movie?
Arjun – I just wrapped a film called Kuttey. Then there is another film called Villain 2, directed by Mohit Suri, and there is John Abraham, Disha Patni, Tara Sutaria, and myself. Kuttey is Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra, Radhika Madan, Shardul Bhardwaj and myself. So these are the two films I have completed shooting that will hit screens in the second half of this year, and I am going to start a new film with Bhumi in a couple of weeks’ time, called Lady Killer.
RS – Oh wow! You often drive Arjun, or do you prefer being chauffeured around with all the paparazzi etc.?
Arjun – In Mumbai, it becomes difficult to drive because there is chaos around us, like you said. I rarely get to drive, but when I do, I prefer driving the Volvo only as it’s again discreet and low key and you can get away even before people realise who it was in the car.
RS – Are you itching to drive, by the way?
Arjun – Daytime and Sea Link’s combination is perfect to drive. Of course, if you would let me.
RS – Sure, I’ll just pull over now. I shouldn’t have asked this question, but now that I have asked I will switch over.
RS – What is the best time for you to drive?
Arjun – The latter half of the day is easier to drive for me because there is less traffic. When you are working the whole day, you get out driving you definitely want to do it without the traffic, the honking and the chaos. And Mumbai’s traffic is not the easiest to drive. I think a lot, so I do not like to drive in that thought process. I like to drive when my head is clear, and the roads are clear, night is the best time I feel.
RS – I am sure when you drive at night, do these driving assistants really help while parking?
Arjun – For a person like me, whether it is day or night for a person like me. I have to confess, parking in Mumbai is a skill in itself. You may learn to drive, but you need to do a PhD in parking. I have to confess, and this car has made that process much simpler for me, so you don’t feel as paranoid about stepping out with this car because the parking assistant is going to make sure you are not stuck in a difficult situation. It may look easy but is very complicated.
RS – Okay Arjun, we’re in the last leg of the conversation. I enjoyed talking with you about cars, tech, etc. Honestly, I don’t usually let people sit in my driver’s seat.
Arjun – I’m feeling honoured that you let me have it.
RS – So, before we wrap up, you have to say a joke, and before that, please say bye.
Arjun – Bye is better than a joke. First, you made me sing, and now you are asking me to crack a joke.
RS – Come on! It’s time for a joke. So guys, don’t forget to give us a thumbs up. Drop the comments about whatever you liked the best about the video. Arjun, now it’s time for your joke.
Arjun – So there is a very stressed and upset patient who goes to the doctor. The doctor says, what happened? What’s the matter? The patient says I am addicted to Instagram, really addicted, and the situation is really bad. Do something, help me. So the doctor looks around at him very calmly and says I am sorry I don’t follow you.
RS – Was that a joke?