The sports drama tells the story of Sanju (Sundeep Kishan) who goes to Yanam and falls for hockey player Lavanya (Lavanya Tripathi) while there. Ramesh (Rao Ramesh) is a sports minister looking to lease out the ground she plays at for material gain. Her coach Murli (Murli Sharma) struggles to keep the team afloat amid corruption. But Sanju seems to have a past that just might save the day.
A1 Express is based on the Tamil sports drama Natpe Thunai. The first half of the film takes its own sweet time to set up the love story between Sanju and Lavanya, which involves a lot of stalking and eventual mutual attraction. However, the story shines whenever it focuses on the sport & the corruption that surrounds it. Things pick up pre-interval with a whistle worthy scene that reveals a bit about Sanju’s past. It remains to be seen if the momentum carries to the second half or if it falls flat.