Australia’s star cricketer Brett Lee has a huge fan following credit to his fantastic cricket career as well as charity work he has conducted in India. He marks his return to India but not on field but by debuting in a movie 'UnIndian'. Movie has been directed by Anupam Sharma and also features Bollywood star Tanishtha Chatterjee.
The movie revolves around a divorced single mother, Meera (Tannishtha) with a career whose family wants her to find "a nice Indian man". She is 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 falls for Bret who is perfect but not an Indian.
Speaking on his performance and role in the Indian movie, Brett Lee said, "I thought the hardest part would be memorising all the lines – there’s about 119 scenes,but that actually came easier than the acting part: getting into thecharacter...I’d only really done commercials previously, where it’s just a case of reading off a screen. But to be in that moment and fall in love on set and make people in the cinema go on that journey with you and believe you – that was the hardest part”.
The movie has been released in India on Aug 19, however has not gathered lot of positive reviews. The movie was released after censor cut few sex scenes. The movie however might not have struck a chord with the Indian audiences, as was expected but the Australian cricketer has shown the world another side of his persona. And we wish to see him in more Bollywood movies.
He has earlier sang with the Indian great singer, Asha bhonsle; interestingly Brett Lee reportedly lied to his teammates about his whereabouts when he went to shoot for a song with legendary singer Asha Bhonsle during the 2006 Champions Trophy in India. The duet with Bhonsle had Lee crooning in Hindi while playing a guitar and was a hit on release. The pacer said he didn't tell his teammates what he was upto when he went to shoot for the song. Lee explained how his musical journey had taught him that music had no boundaries, unlike sports, where there were rules in place. Lee says the film also marks the realisation of a long-standing dream.