REVIEW: ‘Rajdhani Express’ – Leander Paes Should Stick To Sports

In 'Rajdhani Express', Leander Paes' acting skills are so questionable that you would be forgiven for thinking his tennis racket can emote better.
In 'Rajdhani Express', Leander Paes' acting skills are so questionable that you would be forgiven for thinking his tennis racket can emote better.
In 'Rajdhani Express', Leander Paes' acting skills are so questionable that you would be forgiven for thinking his tennis racket can emote better.
In ‘Rajdhani Express’, Leander Paes’ acting skills are so questionable that you would be forgiven for thinking his tennis racket can emote better.

There are some celebrities who should realize their limitations and stick to what they do best. In the case of tennis champion Leander Paes it would be sports. His acting skills are so questionable that you would be forgiven for thinking his tennis racket can emote better.

This is just one of the major flaws with writer-director Ashok Kohli’s film, a seeming comment on social inequality played out in the first class cabin of the Rajdhani from Delhi to Mumbai.

This socio-political drama spotlights Keshav (Leander Paes), a criminal sort’s flunky who (stupidly) falls in love with his boss’s daughter. Throughout his life, Keshav is constantly reminded about his lowly status leading to severe insecurities which are aggravated on a 17 hour train journey shared with a Bengali script writer (Priyanshu Chatterjee), an item girl (Puja Bose) and a flamboyant fashion designer (Sudhanshu Pandey).

News reaches the police that there is a bomb on the train and suspicion points towards Keshav. This sets off a complicated mission to save the passengers and nab Keshav. Gulshan Grover plays the TT and Jimmy Shergill the cop in charge of the mission.

While the premise may have been interesting, the writing and execution are such a disaster that nothing can save this film from getting derailed. Keshav’s motive for insanity is unfounded; the other characters are complete caricatures and technically the film is lacking in all departments from cinematography to editing, music and direction. In summary, Rajdhani Express is a train wreck!

Rating: *