Leander Paes to make Bollywood debut with ‘Rajdhani Express’

Tennis star Leander Paes is set to make his debut on the silver screen with a film titled ‘Rajdhani Express’. Paes plays a common man in the film, which is to be directed by Ashok Kohli. "I have always been an admirer of Mahatma Gandhi, and when I read the script, it struck a chord wit me, as it reflected Gandhiji’s immortal words ‘Be the Change that you would like to see in the world’ in an entertaining and engaging way," Paes said. Although he had been offered his first film since 1996, he was too engrossed in Tennis and self admittedly, not ‘ready’ to take the plunge.

He believes that one of his strength is to connect with people and he looked at different medium to do that. Tennis was one such medium and now its films, starting off as a common man in ‘Rajdhani Express’. Paes said that he has always loved watching films and found the power to transport to another world exhilarating. The sportsman pointed out that he always believed in being fearless, that reflected in his performances on the field. According to him, "though starting from scratch, he intends to take the same fearlessness, passion, dedication and hard work whilst putting on the grease paint for the audience". He feels having a good water-tight script is half the battle already won. The film will go on floors at the end of this year.

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