In 1991, it was up for sale, but hardly found any takers. Today, it’s playing a part in an epic tracing the life of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Shyam Benegal has decided to give a role to the Wolseley 14/60 in Netaji: The Last Hero. Here, Sachin Khedekar, in Netaji garb, checks out the car in a Tollygunge studio (picture by Aranya Sen).
“My great-grandfather shipped it from England to Varanasi in 1947. While we were selling our property, we tried to sell the car, too. But then I volunteered to maintain it and brought it to Calcutta in 1991,” says Siddharth Swarup, a young businessman, who spent six months to make the black beauty roadworthy. “Benegal liked the car and decided to use it for his film. He made just one change — the number plate,” says Siddharth