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Sports agent JB Bernstein is clutching at straws to save his career. But a stroke of late-night inspiration leads him to India to find two Major
League Baseball star pitchers
: JB Bernstein (Hamm) has all the trappings of wealth - a sprawling home, an enviable bachelor lifestyle and the swanky sports car. But these are the fruits of past successes. In the present day, he and his partner Aash (Mandvi) find it harder to find and pay fresh talent in the face of stiff competition from other agents. Bernstein is no cricket fan. He scoffs at the game but one night, the bowling action he sees on screen during a match gives him a sort of Eureka moment. Although worlds apart in mechanics, both fast bowling and fast pitching have speed in common, he reasons. Could then the next star baseball pitcher be found in the subcontinent?
So, aided by financier Chang's (Tzi Ma) money and a one-year deadline, JB takes veteran talent scout Ray (Arkin) on a reality-show-meets-talent-hunt through Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bangalore and Goa. The improbable becomes probable with Rinku and Dinesh (Sharma, Mittal) emerging as potentials. Bernstein's foot soldier/translator Amit (Pitobash) accompanies them back to the USA where in LA, both Dinesh and Rinku are proverbial fish out of the water. It doesn't take them long to adjust though, thanks to the kind attentions of JB's friend and love interest, Brenda (Bell).
Sure, there are all the usual cliches you'd expect from a movie that sees India through the Occidental lens. You have claustrophobically crowded streets, chaotic honking and food that gives Bernstein the runs. But these cliches are handled in such a deft manner by Gillespie as to make the overall package quite heartwarming. Rahman's music augments the film's dramatic moments nicely. JB also learns how he needs to change himself in order to get the best out of his two charges. Based on a true story, it's a film about hope, determination, believing in oneself and the importance of the journey as compared to the destination.
The film is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.
Million Dollar Arm has been shot in India and the United States.
The film's music has been composed by Oscar winning music director AR Rahman.
The film had its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on May 6, 2014.
Initially, AR Rahman was hesitant to do the music of the film but when he read the script, he changed his mind. Rahman wanted to avoid Indian bases subjects in Hollywood as he felt he was already doing that in Hindi.