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Cricket shot on celluloid with a Bollywood touch

india Updated: Apr 20, 2007 02:55 IST

Legendary for their love for cricket, Barbadians were never known for their affinity with motion pictures but with international media in town, they are out to showcase their talent in that field as well.

On Wednesday evening, a star spangled Olympus Theatre witnessed the premiere of Hit For Six, shot in Barbados.

Dominated by Hollywood films, the who’s who of this place called Little England were present to see the cricket fiction written, produced and directed by Alison Saunders-Franklyn.

A corporate communications operator with the WICB for six years, Alison severed ties with the establishment to pursue the interest that had driven her to academic discourses in the US and England.

“It’s the first Caribbean cricket movie made by a local, which might help us propagate the culture of the region the world over,” she said of the venture that sees Wes Hall, Everton Weekes, Seymour Nurse, Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes appear as guests in the tale of a cricketer who overcomes an alleged role in match-fixing!

“It’s based partly on my experience of working with the cricket board but by and large it’s fiction,” Alison said of her $700,000 project, a sum unheard of as far film budgets in this region are concerned.

Alison said ‘cricket films’ from India like Lagaan and Iqbaal had hugely impressed her, “because of their sensitive elements”.

With Hall and Greenidge attending the first public show, it also transpired that acting is hardly a career option here. Andrew Pilgrim, in the lead role of Alex Nelson, is a lawyer while Nirmal Thani, a hotel owner of Indian descent, plays his coach.

Though Barbados’s connect with Bollywood is not strong, the movie’s finish, with a last-ball six, suggests that that possibility exists.