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LAFF2016: ‘UnIndian’ – Upbeat cross cultural romcom starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee

LAFF2016: ‘UnIndian’ – Upbeat cross cultural romcom starring Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee

March 12 2016

Viewers in Britain got a chance for the first time to assess former Test Aussie cricket star Brett Lee’s acting debut, while lead actress Tannishtha Chatterjee attending the London Asian Film Festival screening in London, described it as a ‘multicultural love story in a multicultural city’. . .

By Dimple Pau

BOY MEETS Indian girl, Indian girl likes boy, mum and dad hate him and viewers love it.

It’s a formula that’s been done before – and this is one of the good ones. Mainly due to the wonderfully written comedy and spot on performances by Arka Das (TK) and Adam Dunn (Mich) whose double act throughout the film provided moments, which even the harshest critic can’t help but laugh.

The main talking point of “unINDIAN” is Brett Lee’s performance as lovesick ‘Aussie English’ teacher ‘Will’, who falls head over heels in love with ‘Meera’ (Tannishtha Chatterjee), representing a true independent woman, “not Australian enough for Australia or Indian enough for India”.

There’s a classic ex-husband to deal with until boy finally gets girl. Brett does provide moments of comedy when momentarily morphing into Salman Khan but this is fantastically sandwiched between great actors who help enhance his performance.

The love story aspect aside, at its heart, “unINDIAN” is about fitting in when you fall in the cracks between two countries. With captivating views of Sydney, rich comedy and a well-produced soundtrack, “unINDIAN” is a nice Australian treat tied with a bow.
ACV rating: *** (out five)

*’unINDIAN’ is screened as part of the London Film Festival 2016 (March 4-March 13)

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture