UnIndian movie cast: Brett Lee, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Maya Sathi, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Akash Khurana, Arka Das, Sarah Roberts, Nicholas Brown, Gulshan Grover
UnIndian movie director: Anupam Sharma
Can East and West meet, fall in love and live happily ever after? This forms the premise of this film, which marks the debut of fast bowler Brett Lee. He plays Will who falls in love with Tannishtha Chatterjee’s Meera, only to be told — repeatedly — that he is UnIndian.
The film begins with single working mother Meera (Tannishtha) whose very Indian parents want her to get married again. While their attempts to fix her marriage fail, she did catch the attention of Will. And our Will is a persistent boy. He doesn’t take no for an answer and pursues Meera.
An Aussie-English teacher, he tries his hand at Hindi too, telling a bemused hall full of people, “Maine kuccha nahin pehena.” Hardly creative or nuanced that dialogue but Brett manages to carry it off, just as he does the rest of the film with his honest performance. Now, watch UnIndian for this man and his fun debut.
Tannishtha as Meera also bring depth to her performance but they are both failed by the one-dimensional script and verbose dialogues. The script also feels hackneyed and oft tried.
It is disappointing to see actors like Gulshan Grover (as Meera’s first husband), Supriya Pathak Kapur (Meera’s mother) and Akash Khurana (Meera’s father) being failed by the bad writing and dialogues. They fail to rise up to the occasion and the film also loses some of its froth because of this.
If you really want to watch UnIndian, do it for Brett’s Will and Tannishtha’s Meera.
Watch out for Indian Express’ critic Shubhra Gupta’s review of UnIndian.