Jain said he grew up with the game in Mumbai and after shifting to the US, it was his only link to his birth country and when he trained as a filmmaker, he decided to make his first documentary on cricket.
“The idea was to set a film in India that really brings its people together. We found three stories that are amazing and cricket forms the central part in their lives,” Jain said.
“We wanted to find people who were somebody and we found Sudhir, who was a superfan of the game. He would paint his body and cycle around the country to cheer for team India.”
The film has voice-over by “Big Bang Theory” star Kunal Nayyar, who also spent money from his pocket to help Jain complete the documentary. Jain’s friends and Kunal’s ‘Big Bang Theory’ fans also pitched in with funds.
The documentary has travelled to Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary and the Audience Award. Jain said they formulated a plan to successfully involve all the producers of the documentary, thanks to the popularity of “Big Bang Theory”. Nayyar’s fans got personal rewards, ranging from thank you notes, autographs and phones calls, from the actor for putting in their money in the documentary and Jain said it worked wonderfully for the movie.
Jain quit his corporate job to study filmmaking from University of Southern California. His mother is still worried about him but the director finds his new role more fulfilling. “I decided to leave my job and take a plunge into filmmaking in my late 20s. My mother is still worried but I find telling beautiful stories more fulfilling than just making money,” he said. Jain has now formed a production company called Mad Coolie Productions. He also plans to release the film in India soon. “I am working on the release right now. We are taking the film to many film festivals. It has already released in the US and we plan to release it in India and in the Middle East. “Releasing a documentary here is challenging but I think “Beyond All Boundaries” is the most authentic piece of cinema to come out of India.”