Former Australian Test cricketer Brett Lee falls in love in 'UnIndian', a Bollywood rom-com set in Sydney.
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23 Jul 2015 - 3:02 PM  UPDATED 23 Jul 2015 - 3:16 PM

Former Australian Test cricketer Brett Lee has taken a break from sports commentating to make his acting debut in a Bollywood rom-com set in Sydney.

In Anupam Sharma's UnIndian, Lee plays Will, a teacher of English to new Australian migrants who soon has to undergo his own cultural education when he falls in love with Indian Australian Meera - played by Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane).

"Ok, educate me. How do I pick up an Indian chick?"

While shooting the comedy last year, Lee told SBS he'd had a number of Bollywood film offers but this was the first that appealed to him.

“This film is Australian with an Indian flavour, and after reading it several times I could see myself playing Will. He’s what I am as a person and the way the two different cultures interact in the film is what I stand for,” Lee said.

Meera, his love interest, does not fit the “usual western view of brown women”, Chatterjee told SBS.

"She has a great job, is independent, a single mum and happy with her life. When she meets someone, she is the one who is economically better off.”

But, as the trailer shows, Meera still has a "typical Indian Mum" and a family who don't approve of the match with a 'white man' who's not even a doctor.  

Can Meera convince her family she's in love? Can Will give up non-vegetarian beer and learn how to dance?

This is not Lee's first appearance in a Bollywood film. In 2009 he played himself in Victory, which centred around a cricket tournament.

UnIndian opens in Australian cinemas on October 15.

Watch the trailer for UnIndian:

Brett Lee and Tannishtha Chatterjee talk to us from the set of UnIndian
“If you told me five or six years ago I would have a lead role in a movie I would have laughed,” says the legendary Australian fast bowler, about to make his debut as a leading man in a new Oz/Indian rom-com.

Watch Tannishtha Chatterjee in Brick Lane now at SBS On Demand

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