A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
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In 2008, J. B. Bernstein is a sports agent who finds his business being seriously outplayed by his deep-pocketed competitors. Inspired by reality shows and Indian cricket games on TV, Bernstein gets the bold idea of finding cricket players in India and training them to become pro baseball players in America. After a long search, Bernstein finds two talented, but non-cricket playing, youths, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. Together, Berthstein takes his prospects to Los Angeles where they find mastering a new sport in a foreign land a daunting challenge. As these boys struggle amid an alien culture, Bernstein must find a way to make their dream come true. In doing, Bernstein finds a deeper humanity to his work with growing friendships he never expected to have.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Pitobash||-||Amit (Deepesh Solanki)|
|Bill Paxton||-||Tom House|
|Gregory Alan Williams||-||Doug|
|Jaspaul Sandhu||-||Grumpy Guy|
Rinku Singh pitches left-handed but Suraj Sharma, who plays him, throws right-handed. They had to flip the image to make it appear as though he was pitching left-handed.
The first rap song played when JB arrives in India is actually not Indian, but Dutch/Turkish.
Cricketer spin bowlers have often traveled to America to work with curveball pitchers. They develop and hone their finger techniques to extract as much spin out of the ball as possible.
In the movie, Dinesh Patel's father is a truck driver, while in real life it was Rinku Singh's father.
The first song plays at the end credits is from the Tamil movie "En Swasa Kaatrey," composed by A.R. Rahman, who is also the composer of this film.
At Popo's house party, a USC Trojans football helmet can be seen in Popo's room. Rey Maualuga, who portrays Popo, played football at USC.
The episode of Britain's Got Talent (2009) portrayed in the movie is Britain's Got Talent: 2009: Auditions 1 (2009), the audition of Susan Boyle, a plain-looking British woman whose singing audition was the big surprise of the season. Boyle eventually ended up overall second in the contest.
The CGI Disney castle has Indian music instead of "When you wish upon a star," which is the song usually featured in the openings.
Bill Paxton plays Tom House who not only consulted on the film, but was a real Major League pitcher and coach. House is known for two things in his career: as a coach with the Texas Rangers, he helped Nolan Ryan through the end of his Hall of Fame career. As a young pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, he was in the bullpen when Hank Aaron hit the home run that broke Babe Ruth's all-time career home run record. House is seen on film catching Aaron's ball, and is then seen at home plate fighting his way through a crowd of people to present Aaron with the ball after he has jogged the bases.