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The popular actors-actresses and their hectic shoot schedules are not known to their massive fanbases. They used to spend days and nights on the sets working rigorously to make their fans proud of themselves. However, at these times, their vanity vans provide the bare minimum comfort they avail. From taking power naps to getting ready for the shoots, giving interviews or spending a few moments of leisure time amidst the work, these vanity vans simply serve multiple purposes of the celebs.
Talking about the luxurious vanity vans, these are generally repurposed buses customised with multiple amenities. From looking for the celebs' comfort while travelling and shooting to lavish restrooms, a quick costume-changing area, elaborate bars, well-equipped gyms, and much more, the swanky rides are no less than a home away from home. Thus, without further ado, let's go inside one of the most significant necessities in the stars' life and a symbol of their status- the vanity vans.
Veteran star, Poonam Dhillon is one of the most gorgeous actresses of her time. She has worked in many films since 1978, and if reports are to be believed, she is the pioneer of bringing the vanity van business to India. She has also talked about the same in an old TV interview. She recalled avoiding drinking water for hours, so she didn't have to use the loo. Afterwards, when she first saw the vanity van concept in Los Angeles, the actress was so impressed that she decided to bring it to India. It happened that she met a friend over there on a shooting set, and Poonam's friend took her inside the latter's vanity, which allured the Indian actress towards the swanky vans.
In 1991, Poonam partnered with a company to launch 25 vanity vans and made history when she launched her first mobile makeup van, 'Vanity'. Initially, the film's producer felt that it was a waste of money. However, gradually the concept was loved by many Bollywood actors, including Anil Kapoor and Sridevi, when they were filming, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and the vanity van was used in this film.
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Shilpa Shetty Kundra's swanky vanity van is one-of-a-kind and is counted amongst some of the most luxurious vans in the industry. It includes a lounge area, a yoga deck, a foldable chair, and some kettlebells for the fitness enthusiast. The deluxe ride also features a kitchenette filled with accessories like a microwave oven, chimney, and various cutleries, a private chamber, a modern bathroom with a hair wash station, a mini washroom, a hair and makeup room and a mini wardrobe. Moreover, the van has black exteriors and the actress' initials, SSK, embossed in the middle of its grille.
One of the most popular Tollywood stars, Mahesh Babu is known for having some of the most prized possessions in the industry. Coming to his swanky vanity van, Mahesh had spent a hefty amount of Rs. 6.2 crores to buy it. The vanity van is named Caravan and is facilitated with lush amenities, including a living space, a bedroom, a rehearsal room, an entertainment system, a workstation, a meeting room, a restroom, and many other luxurious items.
Shah rukh khan’s vanity van is designed by ace car designer, Dilip Chhabria in 2009 and named Palace on Wheels. The van's design is based on a dual system for everything, and new software has been created and programmed on the computer, converting all switches to touch screens controlled by an iPad. The 14-meter-long vanity van is a Volvo 9BR and costs SRK around Rs. 4 to 5 crores.
It features a gym, living area, bedroom, and a restroom. In addition, it is equipped with a flatscreen, an inbuilt shower, a hydraulic system, an electric chair and more, and the van is decked with a glass finish and wooden ceilings. Moreover, it can be extended once it is parked, which is done to provide more room. According to reports, the van also becomes a celebrity party hotspot during after-hours.
Designed by ace designer, Gauri Khan, Alia Bhatt's vanity van gives a boho vibe altogether. Well, the actress has two vanity vans, and another one is designed by a French production designer, Rupin Suchak. And the second one had a French kind of theme with muslin curtains and more. Alia’s first van was priced at Rs. 48 lakhs, and the second cost around Rs. 75 lakhs because it has a lot of specifications. Gauri's designed van features a small kitchen, a washroom, a neon-lit corner, a comfy single-size bed, and more. In addition, in a picture shared by her, a grand walk-in closet and a white and brown-toned dressing room with neatly stacked footwear shelves and a rack full of designer clothes were also spotted.
One of Alia's vans is also decorated with quirky decor, colourful cushions, a Pinterest board, geometrically divided reflective glass panels, party-like purple lights, a statement art piece, rustic and vintage books (that were also a part of her former home in Juhu that she shared with her sister, Shaheen Bhatt) and wooden flooring, giving a perfect millennial vibe. Once, Alia had also taken to her Instagram handle to thank the designer, Amrita Mahal, who designed her vans in the initial days for her.
Anushka Sharma’s vanity van is indeed one of the most minimally designed and hosts a simplistic approach. However, it is an appropriate personification of her personality by being a fuss-free area for her to get ready and travel to places during her shoots with a homely feeling. Anushka's van has an intricately carved ivory mirror with makeup lights, floral curtains, a daybed right against a backdrop of light wood panels, and other minimalist details and a statement and colourful artwork that contrasts her otherwise muted colour palette.
Though not many pictures are found of Katrina Kaif's swanky vanity van, however, it is also counted among some of the most luxurious ones. As per reports, Katrina's van features pastel hues, patterned textiles, wooden accents, a well-stocked pantry and a bench-style sofa. Moreover, from Bohemian artworks to quirkily printed furnishings, including rustic decor set against white-washed walls, and many more, Katrina's vanity van is an understated yet luxurious one. The vanity van was conceptualised by interior designer, Darshini Shah and Katrina Kaif’s BFF-cum-celebrity stylist, Anaita Shroff Adajania made it a dream-cum-true for the actress.
Bollywood's Dabangg star, Salman Khan's vanity van is one of the industry's most stylish and luxuriously designed ones. Decorated by car designer, Dilip Chhabria, Salman's van boasts a huge portrait of him and paintings done by the actor himself. Then, as one starts getting inside, we can easily spot a spacious rehearsal room, a spacious meeting room and a bedroom. Apart from this, the van has all-wood interiors with comfy couches, a kitchen counter, a plasma TV, a music system, and an en-suite bathroom and exteriors with convertible and well-equipped extension facilities. As per reports, Salman's charcoal grey vanity van made by Van Morface came with a price tag of Rs. 4 crores.
Varun Dhawan also has one of the most luxurious vanity vans in the industry. Although his vanity van has no such element of extravaganza. However, it is also counted amongst the stylish "home on wheels". Once, Varun had taken to his Twitter handle and posted a stunning picture of his vanity van. Along with the picture, he tweeted, “My old van had an accident, so got a new one pretty pimped out”. In the picture, we can spot well-polished wooden flooring, small cabinets, a comfy sofa, a TV, a makeup area, and a few other design elements.
Kareena Kapoor is also one of the most stylish actresses of her time. She has a stunning vanity van in her luxurious collection of wheelers. The cosy van gives the actress a perfect space to get ready and relax amidst her shoots. It has cream-hued walls, wooden floors, a well-furnished green room, a monochrome and subtle makeup space, a comfy bed to take a nap and a few chairs and a table.
Allu Arjun's vanity van is based on a futuristic design decorated by car designer, Srinivas Reddy. The van is a luxurious dark-hued Falcon from the outside, and the interiors have a subtle hue of silver, white and cream, best for giving a comfy atmosphere to the actor. The tech-savvy vanity van is quite spacious and equipped with all kinds of facilities.
Moreover, it has a mood lighting element, a comfortable and super-expensive recliner, leather-designed chairs and sofas, a giant full-body mirror in front of the entrance, multiple television screens, an all-white washroom, a sleek sink to a crafty mirror, and others. As per reports, the actor purchased a luxury bus worth Rs. 3.5 crores and customised it from the customisation and modification giants, The Reddy Customs, after spending Rs. 4.5 crores. Thus, the final price of the van became Rs. 7 crores.
One of the most popular Gen-Z actors, Janvhi Kapoor is known for her acting skills and sartorial fashion senses. In addition, Janhvi is said to have a luxurious vanity van, which she uses during her non-stop shoots for longer hours. Though not many pictures are available from Janhvi's vanity van, however, we got a sneak peek into the same on one of her birthday celebrations. In the pictures, we spotted air-conditioning, carpet flooring, cushion walls, and a huge lounge area.
The millennial actor, Parineeti Chopra loves to keep her life personal. However, time and again, she also delights her massive fanbase with stunning glimpses from her workplaces. Once, she shared a mirror selfie from her vanity van, which gave no less than a homely feeling. As per reports, the van was redesigned based on a similar aesthetic to that of her home. It features white-toned brick walls, classy interiors, glossy white flooring, white furniture pieces, and a golden-frame mirror.
Queen fame, Kangana Ranaut is known for her bold statements and stunning acting skills. Over the years, she has also given power-pack performances onscreen and has become one of the bankable actresses in the industry. Thus, she is also a proud owner of a luxurious vanity van and recently made some modifications to it worth Rs. 65 lakhs. Her vanity van boasts wooden designs, a huge makeup mirror, LED lights, separate areas and many more.
Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar is one of the super-energetic and busiest actors in the entertainment industry. Akshay can easily give a run to several actors with his dancing skills and power-pack performances, even at this age. Thus, Akshay is the proud owner of a luxurious vanity van priced at Rs. 5 crores. The vanity van's interiors are completely made in white colour tone and have white furniture with futuristic approaches.
The Greek god of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan is a heartthrob of his millions of fans. He has a 12-meter-long Mercedes V-Class vanity van, which gives an urbane vibe. Designed by Dilip Chhabria, Hrithik's van is sectioned into a makeup area with a statement mirror that turns at a 280-degree angle, a lounge, an office cubicle, as well as a bedroom and 170-degree power recliners for de-stressing. Moreover, it has wooden and glass interiors, roof lighting, a foldable table and wooden flooring.
The handsome hunk, Ajay Devgn is loved for his serious nature, baritone voice and charming personality. He too has a luxurious vanity van which includes stunning elements matching his personality. The luxurious vanity van boasts a mobile gym, different weight machines, an office, a room, a restroom, a kitchen, a lavatory and a kitchen. Moreover, Ajay's vanity van is a sports car with exteriors giving a completely stunning view.
Comedian-turned-actor, Kapil Sharma's talent of bringing smiles to millions of faces is not unknown to anyone. However, being a complete outsider, Kapil made a name for himself in the industry with his hard work. He also has a swanky vanity van designed by DC Design founder and Taarzan: The Wonder Car fame, Dilip Chhabria. The comedian's vanity van has luxurious features, including LED lights, reclining chairs, asymmetrical interiors and a lot more. As per reports, Kapil's vanity van is worth a whopping amount of Rs. 5.5 crores.
Shraddha Kapoor is another stylish actress in the industry. She is also known for her acting skills and stunning fashion sense. Thus, it is easy to predict the amount of time Shraddha spends getting dressed up for shoots and events. And to fulfil this demand, Shraddha has a beautiful vanity van which matches her bubbly personality. Though not many pictures are available from Shraddha's vanity van, she had once shared a glimpse of her social media handle. In the picture, we can spot a huge mirror along with makeup lights, aqua-themed sliding wardrobes and many more.
Ace director, Karah Johar is also known for owning some of the luxurious cars in his garage amongst his other collection. Apart from that, he is also the winner of a posh vanity van, which completely matches his personality. His vanity van boasts a huge closet filled with his shoes, jackets and accessories attached to a huge mirror, a pantry well-equipped with a microwave, coffee machine, wooden furnishing, false ceilings with dreamy lights, a comfy seating area, a bed and many more.
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