Blast from the past: Legendary Yamaha RD350 in a famous movie scene starring Jackie Shroff [Video]

Bollywood and automobiles have had a long-lasting relationship, with numerous automobiles appearing in thousands of movies to enhance the auras of heroes and villains. Recently, a scene featuring the legendary Yamaha RD 350 from a classic movie caught our attention, and we wanted to share it with you.

The scene is from the popular 1983 movie “Hero,” in which the actor Jackie Shroff performed a dual role as Jackie Dada and Jaikishan. The scene begins with the actress Meenakshi Seshadri, known as Radha in the movie, arriving with Shakti Kapoor, who played the character Jimmy Thapa, in what appears to be an old convertible MG two-door car.

The two male actors in the scene shake hands, and Jaikishan thanks Jimmy for bringing Radha to him. Jimmy then asks Jaikishan if the motorcycle factory behind him belongs to him, to which Jaikishan replies affirmatively, saying that he works there. Jimmy then embarrasses Jaikishan for being poor and working-class, and flaunts his wealth by offering Jaikishan some shirts that he dislikes. This leads to a series of dialogues between the two actors. Jimmy then asks Jaikishan if the bike behind him belongs to him, and Jaikishan proudly confirms that it is his Yamaha Rajdoot 350, the newest model of their company and the country’s top bike at the time.

Blast from the past: Legendary Yamaha RD350 in a famous movie scene starring Jackie Shroff [Video]

Following this, Jimmy makes fun of the Yamaha Rajdoot, calling it a “shit vehicle,” and kicks the bike, causing it to fall to the ground. Despite this, Jaikishan remains calm and tells Radha not to worry. He then says that he understands that “Indian is Indian and foreign is foreign,” and proceeds to hit the car, putting several dents in it. He finishes off by saying that the metal is foreign, but his hand is Indian, and the foreign metal could not withstand his Indian hand. Jaikishan then sits on his bike, and Radha sits behind him as they drive away.

This scene is just one of many in Bollywood in which some of the most legendary vehicles have been used. The Yamaha Rajdoot 350 was a popular high-end bike in the country in 1983, powered by a 350cc twin-cylinder two-stroke motor that produced approximately 28 Bhp in Low Torque trim and 31 Bhp in high torque trim. It was one of the first choices of speed enthusiasts in the country. However, its poor fuel efficiency compared to 100cc bikes led to low sales, and the bike went out of production in 1989.

A few of the other legendary bikes from old times include the likes of the Yamaha RX100 and Yamaha RX135/RX-Z as well. The Yamaha RX100 is perhaps one of if not the most influential motorcycle of the 1980s. The RX100, sold between 1985 and 1996, symbolized performance for the masses and popularized affordable two strokes like never before. 11 Bhp from a 100cc two stroke motorcycle that weighed 100 Kgs was all India needed to go fast. The RX135 on the other hand featured 4 and 5 speed gearboxes, and a 14 Bhp output. In the 1990s, a 14 Bhp in a 100 Kg motorcycle.