Mumbai: Leander Paes has been the flag-bearer and the sports magnet for tennis in India. His performances have established him as the action man of Indian tennis. But Paes will soon be seen in a new Avatar in the world of Bollywood, pursuing his newest passion.
Paes will be making his debut in Rajdhani Express, directed by Ashok Kohli, where he plays a common man. Paes has always been an admirer of Mahatma Gandhi, and when he read the script, it struck a chord as it reflected Gandhiji’s immortal words “Be the Change that you would like to see in the world’.
Paes had been offered his first film since 1996, but he was engrossed in tennis and not ‘ready’ to take the plunge. He believes that one of his strength is to connect with people tennis was one such medium. Now its films.
Paes loved watching film and found it exhilarating. Besides the noted Bengali Poet and dramatist Michael Madhusudan Dutt is his ancestor.
Paes contends, that starting from zero, he intends to take the same fearlessness, passion, dedication and hard work reflected in his performances on the field whilst putting on the grease paint for the audience. He feels having a good water tight script is half the battle won.