Tried and tested works and so it continues to rain sequels in Bollywood. The sequel to the 2016 – ‘Happy Bhag Jayegi’ did not take long to come on to the scene either. ‘Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi’ hit the theatres in August 2018. In an attempt to build a franchise, the production house ‘Colour Yellow Productions Pvt. Ltd.’ continued in the same vein as their prequel. The romcom drove the narration forward with a new protagonist, tough girl, Sonakshi Sinha. Sinha teamed up with the original lead Diana Penty aka Happy as her namesake, horticulture professor. Coincidentally, Sinha is also tracing the whereabouts of her missing boyfriend, Aman, played by actor Aparshakti Khurana. The sequel puts the spotlight on Sinha, who inherits Penty’s penchant for trouble and an uncanny resemblance of Happy in the prequel.
A victim of mistaken identity, she is kidnapped and held hostage by goons gunning for Penty on landing from Ludhiana. Penty, on the other hand, ends up as the university professor Sinha was due to visit in a comedy of errors. It doesn’t take long for Sinha to force a whistle out of the masses when in an escape act full of daredevilry, she puts to good use her pre-shoot familiarisation with CVs including a rehearsal on an old manual Ford truck for the climax chase. Sinha hitchhikes on an NYK Logistics & Megacarrier container fitted on a flatbed trailer, coupled to the Thai Isuzu Deca GXZ CNG 354 Prime mover. Hung by the container body with the help of a rope safety harness, the two together set the pulse of the audiences racing.

The GVW 25-tonne, 6×4 prime mover, GXZ is known to be powered by a six-cylinder, Isuzu Super CNG-MPI 6 UV1-TCN 354hp engine complying to the Euro-3 standards. The fuel injection system of the engine draws the gas from tanks with a cumulative, 1200-litre capacity. The engine develops a rated peak power of 355hp (360PS) at around 2000 rpm and a torque of 1420Nm at around 1400 rpm. It is mated to a manual, nine-speed (8+1 incl. crawler) ZF-1310 TO, ‘Ecomid’ series with overdrive. Shot in Malaysia to resemble Shanghai, the prime mover in the movie seems to have inspired 2014 launched, heavy-duty Isuzu GIGA series believed to have helped Isuzu in laying the foundation as a full-range player in the Southeast Asian country. Launched in two variants (GVW 18-tonne, 4×2 configuration and GVW 23-tonne, 6×4 configuration) this series deploys Isuzu’s 700P platform offering next-gen cutting-edge aerodynamics, ergonomics and safety standards.
Isuzu ‘Super Truck’ in Thailand dates back to 2008 when production of the series first began. Isuzu since then has followed up with the launch of the Isuzu ‘King of Trucks’ in 2017 also the year when Isuzu celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its presence in the country. Isuzu marked the special occasion with the launch of the facelift Isuzu D-Max pickup trucks then. The year 2020 marked the 50th lakh Isuzu vehicle production milestone in the country where the Thailand subsidiary, Isuzu Motors Company (Thailand) Ltd. was founded more than five decades ago, in 1966. A decade after it began importing diesel trucks into Thailand for distribution by Mitsubishi Company (Thailand) Ltd.

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