“Million Dollar Arm”, a new Disney movie will be premiered at London Indian Film Festival in July before being released nationwide on 29th August 2014.
Can India, a country obsessed with cricket, produce a baseball star? That is the question at the heart of “Million Dollar Arm”, the true story of two Indian cricketers whose lives are transformed when they apply to take part in a TV talent show.
Starring Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) the film is based on real events, and tells the story of a down-on-his-luck sports agent JB Bernstein (Hamm), who stumbles upon an intriguing idea when flicking TV channels between an Indian cricket match and Susan Boyle’s unforgettable audition on Britain’s Got Talent.
The film follows Bernstein as he flies to India in search of the next big major league baseball star. After an intense shortlisting trials around India, he finally brings the competition’s winner and runner-up – two 18 year-olds – Rinku Singh (Sharma) and Dinesh Patel (Mittal) who have never picked up a baseball in their lives – to Los Angeles and sets about to teach them how to play the American game.
The film tracks the physical and emotional journey of the two young men as they set off on their adventure of a lifetime to a foreign land, and leads to life changing consequences, not just for them but surprisingly JB Bernstein – who also goes on his own personal journey of self-discovery.
The cast also includes Hollywood veterans Alan Arkin and Bill Paxton alongside newcomer Lake Bell and Aasif Madhvi.
Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), the film features a powerful sound track by Oscar winning music director AR Rahman and with tracks by Iggy Azalea, Sukhwinder Singh and Raghav.