Our Tuk Tuks take a star turn...
A Tuk Tuk is an iconic, cool and quirky little vehicle with the Bollywood experience designed and built-in. In our imaginations, most of us associate these motorised rickshaws with exotic locations like India.
Little wonder then that Tukshop Tuk Tuks have appeared in well over 100 Bollywood-style weddings, have been purchased by countless Asian restaurants and have starred in promotions for leading brands like Sharwoods.
Delivering the authentic Indian experience!
Since 2003, television and movie companies have also often sought out the Tukshop's Tuk Tuks to deliver that authentic Indian experience. For example, Fox ordered a fleet of specially customised Tuk Tuks for the UK launch of The Darjeeling Ltd. Then the producers of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire used Tukshop vans to produce authentic Tuk Tuk noises for the movie.
More recently, Mr Steve has donned his best sherwani to chauffer the stars into Leicester Square for the movie premiere of My Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and played the same role for the more recent and hilarious BBC2 production The Real Marigold Hotel.
So impressed was movie star Tina Desai with Mr Steve's chauffeuring that she invited the Tuk Tuk Guru onto the red carpet with her to face the paparazzi and name checked him in her comments to the gathered press.
(The two of them are pictured here in the Tukshop Tuk Tuk on the night)
Right up to the red carpet!
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 Fox Searchlight Pictures comedy-drama and sequel to the 2011 sleeper hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It wasn’t easy for Mr Steve and his Tukshop Tuk Tuk to out-shine and out-perform stars like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Lillete Dubey, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie, Rajesh Tailang, Ronald Pickup, David Strathairn, Tamsin Greig, Dev Patel and Richard Gere but he gave it a pretty good try.
The movie grossed some £136 million around the world, against a budget of £6 million. It went on to top the UK box office for three weeks, and even reached number three at the US box office, a territory where India-themed movies rarely do so well.
The movie was also selected for the charity Royal Film Performance and was screened with members of the Royal Family in attendance in February 2015 in London. Money raised from the screening went to The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF).
Mr Steve commented:
‘We love working for Fox and were delighted to be asked back to help with the second Exotic Marigold Hotel movie. The team at the Tukshop like to think that we played our small part in the film’s overall global success.’
If you’d like a Tuk Tuk to provide a touch of Bollywood or Indian charm, character and culture to your business or event – come and check them out at the Tukshop. And if you want one for TV, theatre or movie work, our knowledge, experience and expertise is in the Oscar-winning class - just talk to us about your ideas.
Whether you’d like to buy, hire, convert, customise, service or just talk Tuk Tuks, get in touch with Tuk Tuk Master Mr Steve and the team
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