Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is making his film debut with UnIndian, alongside Tannishttha Mukherjee. The star talks about his new career move, future plans and his special connect with India.
What attracted you to UnIndian?
The fact that it was an Australian movie; it was important for my first movie to be an Australian one. The film has been shot in Sydney and has a Bollywood theme with a beautiful message — you can’t help who you fall in love with. That’s what happens to Will and Meera (the characters) in the film.
Do you share this belief?
I always say that skin or hair colour, or whatever, doesn’t matter. You can’t help who you fall in love with.
The film talks about love. What is your take on love?
Love is what you want it to be. It should be respectful, when you fall in love with someone, it’s the most amazing feeling. My character Will wasn’t looking for love but through chance met Meera and fell in love. He is a teacher so he knows different cultures and understands and respects them.
Are you looking at a full-fledged film career?
I would love it if this starts of something incredible. I always said that I would have other interests when I finish playing cricket. I am not just a bowler or just a cricketer, I have other passions; and one of them is cinema. Now I have got a taste of being an actor, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Which other interests do you have?
I have always loved music, and been interested in different cultures, places and food. I like stuff which I have not been able to be in touch with for the last 20 years because I was so focused on cricket.
You mother was a piano teacher; have you too learnt any musical instrument?
Yes, I play a lot of instruments like acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, and piano. I love music and it’s something I want to explore. One of the songs I wrote is part of the song track of UnIndian.
Years ago, you featured in Asha Bhosle’s music video You’re The One For Me. Do you feel that you have a special connect with India?
I have always felt that back from 1994 — the first time I came here. Something clicked and I have been fascinated by India ever since. But only recently I’d visit the most incredible places in India. I went to Taj Mahal and Varanasi. It’s exciting to see new places rather than just the cricket field, hotels and airports.
Did you plan to become an actor?
No, it just happened. I was shown many Bollywood scripts, but I wasn’t ready at that time. I was still playing cricket so I was busy. When I got the opportunity to do this film, I discussed it with my wife and brothers and they gave me their feedback. I loved it so I did it and gave it my best.