Kunal Nayyar, who you’d know as Raj from The Big Bang Theory, is all set to turn producer with an Indian film! The name of the film is Beyond All Boundaries, and will be premiering in India at the Mumbai Film Festival on October 20th. The documentary film, which centres around the lives of three cricket worshippers, is co-produced/directed by LA-based director Sushrut Jain. Apparently, when Kunal saw the movie, he was so touched that he came on board as the producer and helped fund the film. He will also be narrating it, and will put in time for promotions as well.
The film is actually a 98-minute documentary, and chronicles the real-life stories of three cricket fanatics who gave up everything to pursue their love for the sport. The story is woven around the 2011 World Cup, where Team India emerged the champions – they’re three separate story arcs, and speak of the role cricket can play in the lives of regular Indians, for whom the game means so much.
The three stories are based on the lives of the following:
Sudhir Kumar Gautam, the well known Indian cricket fan who loves his team, his stars, and at the heart of it, eventually the game. He is India’s most recognizable fan who turns up at matches, his torso and face painted in the colours of the Indian flag, and “Tendulkar” and the number 10 on his back.
Prithvi Shaw, a 12-year-old batting prodigy from one of Mumbai’s distant suburbs, whose life and career are driven by the prototype sporting parent – a single father obsessed with turning his son into a professional cricketer.
Akshaya Surve, an 18-year-old girl trying out for the Mumbai Under-19 team. Cricket is the centre of her existence and a potential exit for her and her mother, trapped in a single room in one of Mumbai’s many narrow bylanes.
The film has been sent to the Dallas Film Festival and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, where it won both jury and audience awards in the Best Documentary Feature category. Will you be catching it at the Mumbai Film Festival?