UnIndian starring Bollywood star Tannishtha Chatterjee and former Australian cricketer Brett Lee will be released on 300 screens in India on August 19.
Made on a budget of $A4.6 million ($US3.3 million), the cross-cultural romantic comedy set in Australia and India is distributed by one of the country’s top businessmen, Krian Pictures’ Rajit Thakur, features former Australian cricketer Brett Lee in his screen debut. Chatterjee plays a smart, successful, divorced single mother in Sydney whose family wants her to find “a nice Indian man.” Instead she meets Lee’s character Will, an English teacher, who may be nice but is definitely not Indian. That raises the question: Does she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart and live her life the way she wants?
Thakur, who made his fortune pioneering the digital cinema in India, saw the rom-com on an aircraft and was keen to release it in India, the Middle East and the U.S., where he has offices. The film which was released in Australia last October had disappointing results at the box office despite favourable reviews from critics.
Extremely popular for his cricketing abilities in the IPL, Lee has generated huge publicity for the film and Sharma is quietly confident of its box office prospects. The film will be launched in in major cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.
If the first weekend results are encouraging, the director tells, the release will expand to other areas the following weekend, dubbed in Tamil and Telugu.
Asked whether she has ever dated like a white man like her character in the film. the actress said, “I have dated firangs in the past and they have come home, mingled with my family. My parents are cool about it. The first time I had alcohol, it was with my folks. I have been lucky to have ultra liberal, secular parents.”
Speaking about what drew her to the film, she says, “UnIndian is a story about an Australian guy (Brett Lee) and an Indian girl falling in love. The cultural differences are not as cliched as they used to be. Meera (her character in the film) has a high-flying marketing job. She is educated, confident and independent. She is not this poor little desi damsel in distress, who is being saved by the white guy.”
The film’s theme is universal and Tannishtha is all praise for her costar Brett, who she says is charming and humourous. – CINEWS