The film is directed by Anupam Sharma
We have seen him throw some really fast bouncers. We have seen him sing along with Asha Bhonsle. Now get ready to see him act. Former Aussie cricketer Brett Lee makes his movie debut with UnIndian, an Indo-Australian production, that has Tannishtha Chatterjee as his leading lady. Read our review of the movie here...
What's it about
Set in Australia, Meera (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a single mother, is leading a happy go lucky life with her daughter, and is occasionally harassed by her concerned mother (Supriya Pathak) to remarry soon. Will (Brett Lee) is an Aussie English instructor, flanked with two besties, and is a little unhappy with his single life. The two bump into each other at a Holi party, and Will is instantly smitten with her. He does his best to get around her, while at the same time, her mother is trying to hitch her up with a haughty Indian cardiologist. While Meera is also fascinated with Will, she tries to keep him at bay thanks to a secret in her past. Will takes the help of his Indian best friend TK (Arka Das) to learn more about the Indian community, so that he can find out how best to make Meera fall for him.But with the huge cultural differences, a very strong ICN (Indian Community Network) and Meera's tragic past, the road is not so easy for Will and his Indian love story. Even with Salman Khan and his Kick in the mix...
Romantic comedies are one of the safest genres to capture your audiences, and UnIndian certainly is a worthy addition to that. Of course it also helps that the cross cultural romance between Will and Meera is filled with a few nice, feel-good romance (though I felt that Sameera Reddy and that Australian boy's romance in Pankaj Udhas' Aur Aahista song was more heart-touching). In his debut film, Brett Lee is charming and very likeable, even with his limited expressions. He easily handled the leading man role with enough confidence and poise. Even if you feel a little letdown and expected much from him in this role, take heart in the fact that at least his debut is better than his fellow cricketers, Ajay Jadeja and Vinod Kambli. Tannishtha Chatterjee proves once again why she is one of the finest actresses around, and she is what makes UnIndian an engaging watch. It's also refreshing to see her in lighter roles like this. The supporting cast, consisting of Supriya Pathak, Akash Khurana, Pallavi Sharda, Gulshan Grover, Nicholas Brown, are fine, especially Arka Das who plays Will's friend. The short runtime surely helps keep the proceedings not touch the boring levels, something the film threatens a few times. And of course, Brett Lee recreating Salman Khan's Kick dance moves will bring down the house.
While I certainly found UnIndian engaging, I feel the films is like any Indian crossover film (Bride and Prejudice, American Desi et al) when it comes to dealing with Indian characters. I mean, every such movie portrays most of the Indian characters as too obsessed with their traditions even in a foreign country, like Meera's mom here. It's not that there many of our countrymen love to stick to Indian ideals, but sticking the same stereotypes in every such cross-culture movie, won't make it stand out of the rest. If you are expecting any outstanding from plot, you will find only disappointment here. The subplot of Meera's ex-husband and his desire to take possession of their daughter doesn't gel well with the rest of the proceedings, thanks to some very uninspired writing here. As a result, the second half becomes a bit over-dramatic and stretched, and doesn't recover much from there. Thankfully, things end fast so not much damage done there. And yes, the film is filled with many Bollywood cliches, including that race to the airport climax.
What to do
UnIndian, despite its flaws, still has all the ingredients to be a feel good date movie. With a runtime less than two hours, it won't make you shuffle much in your seats. Watch the film for Brett Lee's charming debut and Tannishtha Chatterjee showing once again that she is a versatile performer.
3.0 out of 5
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