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June Maliah

"I am crazy about my cars" This lovely lady loves to be in control. That's why she drives her own car. "No, chauffeurs please! I am totally self-driven," she quips. Hear actress June croon over her cars and voice her views about the auto aspect of our city in an interview to Rajeswari Sen.
We heard you have two cars that are a quite a couple?
Oh yes! They are a stark contrast but a cute pair so far as size and colours go. The first is a flaming red Getz and the other is a blue and mauve Scorpio.What's your first love in car colours? I am obsessed with the color red and red will remain closest to my heart. I can think about a new car brand but never a new color. For me it's always, "Gimme red!"
What's your crush? Hope, you mean cars?
Well, I am passionate about a Red Ferrari. It's fast and furious and I love speed. And as I said, I see 'red' all the time. (Laughs)Where do you drive to during weekends? Tolly Club is my getaway on weekends. I generally take my children along. Even when my kids are not around, I love to unwind over a drink at the club. Winter Sunday afternoons are all the more special for these solitary sessions at Tolly. This apart, my kids and me almost regularly drive down to Sharma Dhaba on Ballygunge Circular Road and enjoy a warm cuppa and dinner inside the car.
Are you passionate about long drives?
Long drives refresh me. Recently, we - my kids, mom, cousins and aunt - packed ourselves into my Scorpio, while I took to the wheels and headed for Bolpur. It was a great drive with good roads, the cool morning breeze (we started off early) and a cozy family affair.
Tell us about a bad car day?
It was 1 pm at night, after 14 hours of hard work, that I discovered a flat tyre. Thank God, I was at the studio and had a colleague drop me.
Name some roads you would dread to tread and those with smooth drives?
Red Road and the Vidyasagar Setu are my joy rides. North Kolkata is somewhat bumpy and broken.Any special moments with your car? Every moment with my car is special. My cars are my constant companion.Are car-related events your cup of tea? Car rallies are simply thrilling. The latest that I participated in, was a rally organized by Tata sometime last year. More car rallies for me, please!
Recount a rainy day in your car?
That was one day I thought I would surely drown. I had hit the road after work and when I was in front of Priya Cinema I could feel the water swelling and I had at least another 200 kms to drive. Thankfully, my car didn't drown me and I was safely home.
Recount a rainy day in your car?
That was one day I thought I would surely drown. I had hit the road after work and when I was in front of Priya Cinema I could feel the water swelling and I had at least another 200 kms to drive. Thankfully, my car didn't drown me and I was safely home.
Are you a night rider? I was a regular night crawler a few years back. I have sobered down now. I do drive back home late from work, but that's it.Are the Kolkata Traffic Police doing a good job? Our traffic is any day better compared to Bangalore and Mumbai. Traffic jams are certainly lesser. Maybe, shorter distances help in traffic management here. But, I must say, kudos to Kolkata Police for the job they do during the Pujas and cricket matches at the Eden Gardens. I also appreciate the assistance booths they have set up. They make me feel so secure when I drive back late from work.
How would you rate Kolkata roads?
(Moans) Simply, sad. The potholes are a perennial problem, while the speed breakers crop up out of nowhere. I think they could be painted white or some other light shade for better visibility. And then there is the KMC that scoops out roads every other day. This always makes our city roads look like 'kutcha' tracks as in rural areas. It's pathetic considering the fact that Kolkata is a leading metropolis. Message to Kolkata motorists? Stop the mindless honking.