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First Australia India Film Fund rolls with film starring Brett Lee

MUMBAI: With an all-star cast and crew, ‘Unindian’, the first feature of the recently established Australia India Film Fund (AIFF), has commenced shooting in Sydney and around NSW.

Starring actress Tannishtha Chatterjee (‘Siddarth’, ‘Brick Lane’) and Brett Lee in his first lead role, ‘Unindian’ also features Australian Bollywood star Pallavi Sharda, Sarah Roberts and Sharon Johal with Indian theatre and film stars including Gulshan Grover, Supriya Pathak and Akash Khurana.

Brett LeeWritten by Thushy Saathi, the romantic comedy is being directed by Anupam Sharma, presented by Devendra Gupta, produced by Anupam Sharma and Lisa Duff, with support from the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and UNSW Australia (University of New South Wales). Film Finances Australasia is providing the completion guarantee/bond.

When a beautiful divorcee and single mother of one, Meera (Tannishtha Chatterjee), meets the charismatic Will (Brett Lee), love is the last thing on her mind. An Australian of Indian origin, Meera has settled in Sydney and carved out a successful career and life for both her and her daughter. But Meera’s marital status is subject of much discussion within her family, and she is encouraged on a seemingly daily basis to marry ‘a nice Indian man’. Does she do as her family wishes? … Or does she follow her heart and live her life the way she wants to? Highlighting the complexities of Indian diaspora and wooing another from a different culture, ‘Unindian’ is a romantic comedy with a lot of heart.

Director/producer Anupam Sharma said, “I am humbled to be working with a dream cast and crew who are the best from India and Australia, and honoured to be shooting in NSW using all the beautiful locations my home state has to offer.”

Lee said, “I am honoured to have been cast as a lead in the first Australia India Film Fund film, privileged to be working with Anupam Sharma and humbled to be working with an actress of the calibre of Tannishtha Chatterjee.”

Chatterjee said “‘Unindian’ is unique. It is a very Australian film with Indian colours and flavours. I love the script 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.”

Australia India Film Fund founder, CEO Devendra Gupta said, “AIFF was formed with the vision of creating high-quality cross-cultural productions. ‘Unindian’ is a very special film bringing Australian and Indian cultures together. We are proud to be producing our first film in our home city and supporting the local film industry.”

UNSW’s VP of advancement Jennie Lang said, “The university is excited to support and feature in this film produced and directed by one of our talented alumni, Anupam Sharma.”