Claps: Leave a few hiccups aside and you might find yourself stumped by Bret Lee's charm, Feel-good factor
Slaps: 'UNIndian falls prey to a stereotypical Indian cross-over film and might remind of past flicks like 'Bride And Prejudice', 'American Desi'.
What's New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Set in Australia, 'UNIndian' revolves around the courtship between Will (Brett Lee) who teaches 'Aussie English' to immigrants and Meera (Tannishtha Chatterjee), a single doting mother to Smita (Maya Sathi).
Meera has had an unsuccessful marriage in the past but that doesn't deter her match-maker mother (Supriya Pathak) from constantly being on a 'suitable groom-hunt' for her daughter who is 'just not ready to mingle'. In one such attempt she even finds a suitor in the form of 'Mr Doctor' for her but hey, Meera isn't going to settle for this 'arrogant and self-obsessed' species. On the other hand Will is already smitten with this 'hottie with a dot' right from their first encounter at a Holi party.
Time for the man to make his first move but how? Will's roomate TK (Arka Das) comes to his rescue giving him some crash course on desi romance, Salman Khan and ICN (Indian Community Network). A couple of awkward meetings later, Meera, who has a dark past, begins to reciprocate the 'gora's feelings. In a course of time, Meera's daughter Smita too slowly warms up to Will. However Meera's parents are scandalized when they discover about Meera's 'UNIndian' affair.
Will these love-birds find their perfect fairy tale ending amidst this cross-culture difference?
Performances: Brett Lee who has given nightmares to batsmen during his cricketing tenure bowls a confident innings when it comes to making his debut on the acting pitch. He is stiff at times, but quickly pulls over with his simplistic act
Tannishtha Chatterjee plays her part with steadiness, be it the mushy romance or being a strong woman with her own sects of vulnerability.
Supriya Pathak as the stereotypical matriarch is very much like every typical Indian mother and her dilemmas of 'shaadi kab karogey and log kya kahegey'.
The rest of the cast puts up a good show too.
Direction: Anupam Sharma throws in every 'must-have' of a cross-culture film to give some warmth but sadly, he fails to resist falling prey to the age old stereotypes and branding. So you have a song which says ' Come fall in love with Sydney; just you and me in Sydney'. No we ain't kidding! Further there are a few over-dramatic scenes and a clichéd airport climax that kills the fun.
But nevertheless the director makes sure that he touches various topics ranging from homosexuality, immigrant integration to effect of divorce on a young child without sounding too preachy during the course of the film.
Combo-on-offer: Emotions+ Drama+ Few Laughs
Verdict: We give 'UNIndian' 'CLAPS' for Brett Lee's sincere act. The film is 'not so perfect' but still manages to tug your heart-strings in bits and pieces despite of resorting to all clichés.