Even a lay person, who knows little about cricket, will tell you that a successful pace bowler can never be an effective slow spinner. Anupam Sharma’s directorial effort UNINDIAN is centred around disproving that hypothesis, albeit on two different pitches. And despite there being a cliché invasion on quite a few occasions on the pitch on which UNINDIAN is played, it remains a very UnBollywood production in several ways. Firstly, the movie is just a hundred minutes long and doesn’t have songs that intrude every now and then. More than a third of all dialogues are in English and the storyline bears a strong resemblance to real life situations. And which Bollywood director would like to risk taking an Australian fast bowler to play the lead role of an English language teacher who spins and weaves his simple straight forward charm to permeate the life of a single Indian parent? And without bowling a single googly, bowls the dusky single parent over!
Bret Lee, in his debut performance, scores excellently: both Bret and Anupam must take full credit for this. And Tanishta Chatterjee, who is better known in the film festival circuits, does an equally outstanding job as the single Indian mother. Akash Khurana and Supriya Pathak Kapoor as the parents of the single parent are adequate. And in keeping with the spirit of UNINDIAN, this review too will be a short one! If you get to watch it, it will be a good catch!!
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
August 21st, 2016