MILLION DOLLAR ARM
By Dhivana Rajgopaul
Million Dollar Arm, which is based on a true story, tells the story of an American sports agent who created a reality contest in which the winner would make history.
The film which stars television star Jon Hamm as the main character, sports agent J.B Bernstein, along with Bill Paxton, are the only familiar faces in the film. Suraj Sharma, who made his acting debut in the Life of Pi, plays Rinku Singh, one of the two contestants that win the reality competition. The other winner, Dinesh Patel, is played by Madhur Mittal, known for his role in Slumdog Millionaire. Alan Arkin and Lake Bell also co-star.
J. B. Bernstein (Hamm) is a sports agent whose firm has not been successful and he struggles to pay his bills. He forms the idea of going to India to search for two boys who can throw fast balls in order to make them baseball players, and christens the competition the Million Dollar Arm. He then travels to India and along the way meets an Indian baseball coach who helps him with the process of finding the two players.
The rest of the film follows Bernstein’s adventure with the two boys, which starts with them learning how to play baseball and ends with them becoming a family.
The film showcases the many facets of India, from the slums in Mumbai to the beautiful monument of the Taj Mahal. Another highlight of this film is the scenes in which the contestants are put through the unfamiliar paces.
Music genius A. R. Rahman, who has worked on other big Hollywood films like Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, provides the perfect score to the movie. Rahman created 14 songs for the film, making use of both the English and Tamil languages.
Rahman said, “the soundtrack we created together truly captures the beautiful culture and energy behind the film”.
It is a wonderful story of how two village boys’ lives were transformed by the idea of one man and how they would eventually have a great impact on each other’s lives.