Cricketer Brett Lee to star opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee


Australia India Film Fund of AIFF was established in the year 2013 with the sole aim of investing in Aussie movies that has an Indian plot but made for the global audience. The first film of AIFF is announced to be named as ‘UnIndian’. The romantic comedy pulled up a scoop of a sort when it was announced that the former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee will be having the lead male role in the movie. Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee will be the leading lady in the flick.

Brett Lee is already well known for his fondness for India. The bowler is associated with charitable works in India. He has sung with the legendary Lata Mangeshkar in the past and has even acted in a cameo role in the Hindi movie ‘Victory’. Lee is definitely excited about his role n the movie ‘UnIndian’ and stated that, "I'm honoured to have been cast as a lead in the first AIFF film, privileged to be working with Anupam Sharma and humbled to be working with an actress of the calibre of Tannishtha Chatterjee."

The actress Tannishtha Chatterjee speaking about the film said, "Australia has always been a very special country for me. I love the script (of 'Unindian') and I am super excited to work with Anupam Sharma and his entire team. And Brett Lee... What can I say? Look forward to having a blast, Brett."

The shooting of the film will start in Sydney, in October this year. Anupam Sharma is going to direct the film. The story of ‘UnIndian’ is written by Thushy Saathi. The story is about Meera (played by Tannishtha) who lives in Australian and is a divorcee single mother. She is not interested about marriage and doesn’t have any plan for it. However, her family continues nagging her about getting remarried to a good Indian groom. It is at this time that she meets the charismatic Will (played by Brett Lee). What happens next is the crux of the story.

We only hope that the story have something new to tell instead of the run of the mill Indian damsel in distress getting married to a Sahib in shining car … Oops! Sorry, armor.

The Chief Executive Officer of AIFF, Devendra Gupta speaking on the occasion stated that, "Over the next few years we intend to inject significant funds into the Australian film and television industry, with specific focus on cross-cultural stories.” He also added that, "As Indian-Australians we see it as our responsibility to both celebrate the values of and strengthen ties between the two countries."