This Friday, May 16th, Disney will be releasing MILLION DOLLAR ARM, the inspiring true story starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal. The film tells the story of a baseball agent, Hamm, who decides to revive his career by going to India and recruiting two teenage cricket players in order to transform them into professional MLB players. ItÂ´s an emotionalÂ underdog story that speaks about the difficulty of leaving your native country and assimilating to another while achieving your dreams.
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things arenâ€™t going well for his career. In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he concocts a scheme to find baseballâ€™s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called â€œThe Million Dollar Arm.â€ With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from â€œLife of Piâ€), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.