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India becomes pitch for Australian comedy film

New Delhi, Jan 13 Though the Indian cricket team fared poorly against Australia in Perth Friday, Indian cities Varanasi, Kolkata and Mumbai are serving as a pitch for an Australian comedy movie “Save Your Legs!”.

The movie is being described as a wild ride from the suburbs of Australia to India. It narrates the story of Edward ‘Teddy’ Brown, who is in a desperate bid to wind back the clock and cling to his childhood dreams. Teddy leads his two best mates and their D-Grade cricket club on a tour of India, winning friends but losing matches all the way.

“Cricket is very much part of the relationship which binds Australia and India together in so many ways,” acting Australian high commissioner Lachlan Strahan, said in a press statement.

“It’s wonderful to see the best of Australia’s film industry taking the sporting and cultural relationship in a new direction, telling a very human story about a game which grips the national imagination in the two countries. All of this is done with humour and sensitivity,” he added.

The film boasts of a talented and critically acclaimed Australian and Indian cast. Indian actors including Darshan Jariwala, Pallavi Sharda and Sid Makkar will be seen in the film, with a guest appearance by “Indian Premier League (IPL) Extra Innings” anchor Shibani Dandekar.

The film also features a cameo by cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee, who will take to the pitch on the big screen for the first time.

First-time feature film director Boyd Hicklin helms “Save Your Legs!”, produced by Robyn Kershaw and Nick Batzias.

The production in India is being supervised by Line Producer Pravesh Sahni and his team at India Take One Productions (ITOP), who managed shoots of international projects like “Mission Impossible 4″, “Eat Pray Love” and “Slumdog Millionaire”.

The world premiere of “Save Your Legs!” is scheduled for the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2012 before its commercial release in Australia and India later this year.

The movie has been named “Save Your Legs!” as the phrase is commonly used in Australia whenever cricket is played and a batsman hits a boundary. It is the cry heard from teammates as there is no need for the batsman to run hence the term “save your legs”, said the statement.

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