UnIndian movie review: Brett Lee’s debut is so full of cheese you might as well order pizza

first_imgBrett Lee is quite the ‘sport’ in his (almost) Bollywood debut, however, let-down by this uninspired cross-over romantic comedy. Apart from Lee, the film stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Grover and Akash Khurrana in pivotal roles. The film hit the screens today. Here’s the UnIndian movie review.Cast: Brett Lee, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Grover, Akash KhurranaDirection: Anupam SharmaRatings:    (1.5/5)Brett Lee first became known to the Indians when he made his debut against the touring Indian cricket team in 1999. The fiery young fast bowler from Australia, with the ‘chainsaw celebration’ when he got a wicket, Lee was an instant hit with Indian cricket lovers. In a generation full of hard-talking Aussies, here was one sweet guy, who bowled like a sniper, played tough and then followed it up with a smile. His band with brother Shane Lee and side gig as its guitarist only made him more affable to his fans. He always mentioned how he loved Indian culture, food and he even came down to record a song with stalwart Asha Bhosle.ALSO READ: Diana Penty, Abhay Deol’s Happy Bhag Jaayegi is an inoffensive entertainerALSO READ: Brett Lee speaks on his big Bollywood debutAnd now he’s gone on to make this cross-over film UnIndian, where East meets West, and they fall in love. Both the leads are effortless, including a reliable Tannishtha Chatterjee. Lee looks like a natural as he goes around his Aussie ways ordering pizza, drinking beer, coaching students to pronounce ‘mayte’ (‘mate’). However, it’s all pretty empty as it is accompanied by a banal story which we’ve already seen a million times. Remember Bend It Like Beckham from 2002? Mississipi Masala from 1991?advertisementUnIndian begins with Meera (Tannishtha), a young divorcee settled in Sydney waking up from a nightmare involving a flashback to her bad marriage. She’s a single mother, who loves her daughter Smitha more than anything else in the world. She’s an ambitious Indian woman in 2016, who doesn’t need anyone to ‘provide for her’. And that point is driven home rather subtly, as her mother (Supriya Pathak) doesn’t stop showing her the grooms’ menu of Doctors and CPAs who ‘will take care of her’ after the parents have passed away. Meera rejects all husband talk with ‘I need to fall in love’.Enter Mr Lee, who teaches ‘Aussie’ to foreign students whose first language is not English, and might be finding it difficult to cope with the Australian culture. And the chance-meeting happens at a Holi party, with the subtlety of a sledge-hammer. She ‘accidentally’ throws some colour on his white suit (which he wore to a Holi function) ’cause how will a ‘gora’ know about an Indian festival. Google much bro?All that’s still fine as the stakes are built for a culture conflict, where Indians and Aussies don’t understand each other’s sensibilities. UnIndian is badly let down by supporting players, as Supriya Pathak hams it with her patriotic Indian mother act. You wonder if it’s her or just bad writing. Gulshan Grover acts out his Bollywood image of a creepy father. Debutante director Anupam Sharma uses all the silly tropes of a bad romantic comedy to steer UnIndian forward. So just ahead of the climax, there’s a sad song where we see both the leads, including Brett Lee, cry to Rabba Mainu Ishq Rulaya.There are so many tracks in UnIndian which do nothing to lift it, as they’re left mid-air. So there’s an Indian half-brother who is trying to make it with an online cooking web-series. A Tamilian university student who can’t get a job because of her accented English, despite her good grades. The ex-husband track does nothing to lift the meandering plot from the troughs of hell.In the end, the Aussie fast bowler’s almost-Bollywood debut UnIndian just doesn’t fly, because there are a lot of elements missing in the movie, to even make it a decent watch. And that’s a shame, ’cause the lead actors whole-heartedly invest themselves in this drivel. Brett Lee deserved a better first film.last_img

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