Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration: 102 minutes
India Release Date: 19-AUG-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2.75 on 5 (An average flick worth a try)
Beautiful divorcee and single mother of one, Meera (Tannishtha Chatterjee) is an Australian of Indian origin. Smart and independent, she has carved out a successful life for herself and her daughter … despite family pressure to find ‘a nice Indian match’. Then Meera meets Will (Brett Lee)… tall and blonde with a charming smile. But falling in love with an Australian man is not only scandalous – it’s unindian! Does she do as her family wishes? … Or does she follow her heart and live her life the way she wants? Highlighting the complexities of wooing another from a different culture, unINDIAN is a comedy with a lot of heart and a little spice!
Australia India Film Fund (AIFF) comes to us through Anupam Sharma (Director of Heyy Babby). This movie walks you straight into the heart of India with its high family values and wonderful way of creating something functional out of anything available. Sydney makes for a glorious backdrop for the film and Anupam Sharma certainly tries his level best to insert a sense of spirituality in overall theme. The idea of ICN (Indian Community Network) is a really brilliant and stands true. Story line has nothing new to offer, as it has been told numerous times before: a clash of cultures; a love story between two people from different worlds who have to navigate difficult reactions from family and friends and society on the way to true happiness. Along with the story, there are a few more minor elements that holds unIndian back: the subplot involving a custody dispute shifts the overall tone and mood of the film in the final quarter, some of the dialogues felt overused and simplistic. Little bit trimming might have kept the film’s momentum better but overall it’s all done very funnily, and with a breath of fresh air. Film tries to touch on some deeper issues: job discrimination, the problems that arise when people feel caught between two cultures, the notion of what it is to be Indian or “unIndian”. Despite it’s short comings, it is a good effort of AIFF in creating a benchmark & direction for Australian-Indian crossover cinema.
Performance & Technical Review:
The film marks the acting debut of Australia cricket star Brett Lee who like a perfect 6 on the cricket pitch captures the fun-loving and curious nature of Will Henderson and looks surprisingly relaxed. Tannishtha Chaterjee does an amazing job as his co-star. The conversations shared between them are not over-scripted. Supriya Pathak Kapur as always was a delight to watch and she earns plenty of laughs as Meera’s stressing, overbearing mother. Arka Das also impresses as Will’s close friend. There are many technical aspects that holds the film quite high. Aside from well-known and experienced actors (Gulshan Grover, John Howard and Adam Dunn to name a few), the cinematography, dance choreography, set design and musical composition of this film are superb and deserve recognition; the Holi Sequence and the end credits scene are both particularly worth watching. The mood is set by brilliant background music and capturing of great locations of NSW! To cap it all off, Sharma ends his Aussie film with a gloriously happy nod to Bollywood.
unIndian is light-weight comedy with a big Heart! If you’re looking for a film that is easygoing, a platter serving Fun, Romance, Drama and Emotions, then give this a try!
Ratings: 2.75 on 5 (An average flick worth a try)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5