Table No. 21 is a 2013 Indian adventure thriller film directed by Aditya Datt and produced by Eros International. It is named after Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which talks about the protection of life and personal liberty. The movie features Rajeev Khandelwal, Tina Desai and Paresh Rawal and touches upon the pertinent social issue of ragging. The movie’s soundtrack was composed by Gajendra Verma, Neeraj Shridhar and Sachin Gupta. Table No. 21 become a moderate box office success.
Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya Agasthi (Tina Desai) struggle to make ends meet. The couple win a trip to the beautiful island nation of Fiji in a lucky draw. The holiday is fully sponsored, with luxurious hotel accommodation and fine dinners. The duo fly to Fiji to celebrate their wedding anniversary and encounter the charming Mr. Khan (Paresh Rawal) at the resort. Mr. Khan invites the couple to participate in a live game show called Table No. 21. He tells them that the winner of the game bags a staggering amount of ₹210 million as prize money. He outlines the rules which are eight personal questions asked that must be answered truthfully, and following this, one must complete a task related to the question. The couple decides to enter the game show. At first, the questions seem easy, but as the game progresses, the tasks become increasingly horrific connected to their college life. Vivaan’s final task is to murder an individual. He is led to a room, where he is to face his target. When he sees the person he must kill, he recognises him from his past. A flashback shows Vivaan and his friends ragging a boy, named Akram (Dhruv Ganesh). The severe bullying made Akram mentally challenged. Back in the present, it is revealed that Akram is Mr. Khan’s son, and that Mr. Khan’s intention was to exact revenge and show Vivaan and Siya the damage inflicted on Akram by their actions. Mr. Khan tells them that they are free to go but their sins will follow them everywhere. The movie ends as Vivaan and Siya are still shocked – crying and regretting their choices. The end credits show upsetting cases of ragging. And this is how they realize how their terrible deeds turned their life upside down and destroyed it completely.
Paresh Rawal as Abdul Razaq Khan
Rajeev Khandelwal as Vivaan
Tina Desai as Siya
Asheesh Kapur as Bittoo
Dhruv Ganesh as Akram
Hanif Hilal as Ghouse (Khan’s bodyguard)
Sana Amin Sheikh as Neeti