Kannada movie star Darshan is driving around in a Rs 1.5 crore Hummer without registration documents or even a number plate.
The traffic police stopped the SUV a couple of times, but when they peered in and saw the action hero at the wheel, let him off without asking any questions, a source said.
Darshan made a dazzling entry in the fuel guzzler, favoured in the US by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other celebrities, at a party at the Grand Ashok last night.
Darshan has been driving around the Hummer, imported from Dubai, for four days, but still hasn't applied for registration.
Ordinary citizens would have been hauled up for such a violation, but Darshan's star status has won him immunity from the law.
Known for his roles in crime and action flicks such as Kalasipalya, Darshan is in the process of switching over to the Hummer from a Skoda Octavia.
It's an enjoyable drive, says Darshan
"I got it from Dubai. One of my friends lives there. It's an enjoyable drive," Darshan told MiD DAY.
Friends of the actor went out with him to check out the SUV.
Darshan arrived in the Hummer, accompanied by his driver Gowda, to director Rajendra Singh Babu's press meet to announce a film called Raktaksha, starring Babu's son Aditya.
It is not clear if Darshan holds a driving licence, but it is clear he is unafraid of the law.
"If a vehicle user gets an imported vehicle certified by the RTO, we have no problems with it," said Seemant Kumar Singh, DCP. Darshan declined to comment about the documents when MiD DAY asked him if he had any.
Hummer is a brand of off-road vehicles sold by General Motors. It was originally a military vehicle, and later inspired smaller civilian market versions.
In some countries, Hummers are considered trucks, rather than regular SUVs.
In 1990, two such vehicles were driven from London to Beijing over the rough roads of central Soviet Union. The Hummers won praise and publicity, but their greater moment of glory was during the Kuwait war the following year.
The future of the Hummer brand is in doubt. On June 3 this year, General Motors said the brand could be discontinued because of decreasing demand for large SUVs as a result of higher oil prices.
Almost immediately after the announcement, a pair of Indian automakers expressed interest in purchasing all or part of Hummer.
In Bangalore, Nikhil Gowda, JD(S) leader Deve Gowda's teenage grandson, is said to drive a Hummer.
(Hummer info source: Wikipedia)