Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has many fans in India. Now, he wants to win new fans as his debut movie “UNIndian” hits cinemas in India. Lee said he hoped his fledgling role may prove a stepping stone into the country’s cinematic heartland.
“Maybe a Bollywood movie next! Fingers crossed people enjoy this film,” he said. The Australian fast bowler enjoys huge popularity in cricket-mad India after a decade playing matches on the subcontinent.
“Both have different challenges,” Lee said of his switch from sport to the silver screen. With the tagline “getting spicy everywhere”, the cross-cultural comedy is directed by Indian-Australian director Anupam Sharma and set in Sydney, featuring a large Indian cast. ”I’ve grown up playing cricket so this acting stuff is brand new. That keeps it fresh and exciting,” Lee said.
He took acting classes to prepare for playing Will, an English teacher who falls in love with beautiful single mother Meera, played by Tannishtha Chatterjee in the cross-cultural romcom. But they face an obstacle in the form of Meera’s friends and family who want the divorcée to marry a successful Indian man.
“I’m always about being as professional as possible,” Sydney-based Lee said. Brett Lee, the former cricketer-turned-actor, is surprisingly a natural on camera. He slips into his casual role effortlessly.
According to Lee’s website. A duet performed with Indian Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, You’re the One For Me, made a splash in the Indian music charts in 2007.