Million Dollar Arm (2014) is a Walt Disney's movie based on true events about two normal village athletes from India playing for the US baseball clubs. It's the uplifting story of hope and dreams about three guys whose destiny changes as they had faith in themselves and acted on that faith too.
The movie stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) fame, Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) fame along with Pitobash Tripathi, Darshan Jariwala, Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Tzi Ma (24 TV series fame), Alan Arkin and Bill Paxton in various characters.
Jon Hamm runs a sports agency along with Aasif Mandvi and could not list some of the great athletes for his company. He got an idea to recruit Indian Cricket wannabes to pitch for Baseball and enlist them into some of the American clubs. He got the backing of Tzi Ma for an year to search, recruit and train two guys from India. As he trips to India, it showed Mumbai's slum areas, Agra's Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai etc athletes coming to selection process. With a prize money of USD 1m way beyond athletes expectations, a lot of public comes to participate. The selection process scenes are well directed and full of comedy and showed how Americans face the heat of India and culture. What happens after that is for you to watch it in theaters....
The movie will definitely touch the hearts of many towards the dreams they always wanted to achieve. Music is by none other than A.R.Rehman and I am sure that the movie will fetch one Oscar definitely for Background Score and Original soundtracks.
The movie is an exceptionally great watch except the fact that the Indian cinematography shown are only of poor slums, village areas to evoke pathetic/disgusting emotions in the hearts of Americanized public. That's how Hollywood has always pictured India as, so nothing new and nothing changes in this movie also. Every country has it's own culture, India being second in it's population -Not everyone can drive Porsche and not everyone has a great home to live. That's life!!!
This movie has a soul, human emotions and definitely worth your time in theaters. Book your tickets asap. Disney has hit the right cord this time with Million Dollar Arm. It's the movie you will love to watch again and again. I want to see it again myself once again and even wants to have a DVD of the same. :-)
Movie is releasing in Ster Kinekor on 19th Sep 2014. Book your tickets now. More info on twitter and facebook. Check out facebook page of Disney.