Unindian- Ashdoc’s movie review

This is an Australian film with a director of Indian origin; for even though the film is called ‘Unindian’, it predictably has several Indian characters.

But the star of the show is Australian and he is none other than Australian sportsman Brett Lee. Brett , who was a fast bowler in the game of cricket was hugely popular in India due to his sporting feats- because India is mad about cricket, which is nothing less than religion for Indians.

The film was released in Australia nearly a year ago but obviously the big draw of the film will be in India even though the language of the film is mostly English. That’s because the number of Indians who understand English is more than the population of Australia. Brett is hoping to leverage the popularity he enjoys among Indians and Australians to become a film star in India and Australia both.

So how is Brett Lee the actor? Surprisingly, he has acting talent along with good looks. Women won’t fail to be attracted to his natural charm and the way he makes acting look easy. But in the movie he is after one particular woman- dark and dusky Tannishtha Chatterjee, who is not so easy to get. That’s because she has parents who frown on any partner for her who is not Indian and Brett is as ‘Unindian’ as it gets.

Brett’s job is to teach how to speak the English language in the Aussie way to migrants to Australia and the setting is Australia’s biggest city Sydney. He gets to meet Tannishtha at an Indian celebration of Holi (the festival of colours) when she throws colours at him by mistake, but then proceeds to colour him up up because that is the way holi is played- you smear colour on each other’s bodies. Brett is charmed and he tries to woo Tannishtha the Aussie way—without any hint of subtlety. Tannishtha is intrigued though hesitant and it takes a little time for her to warm up to Brett.

Meanwhile an Indian suitor selected by her parents for her crops up and a rivalry begins between him and Brett for her affections. When a chance misunderstanding makes Brett give up, Tannishtha realises that she misses him. As she herself now tries to wean Brett back, it is only a matter of time before kisses (and there are plenty of them in the movie) lead to lovemaking in the bedroom.

But will her parents (and parental opinion is very important among people of Indian origin) accept Brett- a white man with blonde hair? More importantly, will her daughter from her first marriage (yeah , Tannishtha is a divorcee) adjust to Tannishtha’s relationship with another man? And who is the person who follows the daughter wherever she goes? Will Brett be able to even keep his job which is threatened by his superior’s attitude of not accepting the Aussie way of speaking English and concentrating only on Queen’s English? A crisis is building up.

The film has several light hearted and funny moments without making it a comedy; it remains firmly a romantic film with a mildly emotional ending. The film belongs above all to Brett Lee and his strength of character is tested as the crisis builds up. Her dusky looks make Tannishtha look sensuous and she does act properly. Music and songs are more Indian in touch and are decent to hear. Photography and colours are nice.