The Other End of the Line (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Other End of the Line (2008)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 2,066 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 12 February 2009 (Singapore)
  • Runtime: USA:106 min
  • Filming Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Gross: $115,504(USA)(7 December 2008)
  • Director: James Dodson
  • Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Sara Foster and Anupam Kher
  • Original Music By: BC Smith (music)  
  • Soundtrack: Fantasy
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Call Center | Wet Jeans | Interracial Relationship | Love

Writing Credits By:

  • Tracey Jackson (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Factual errors: It is shown in the movie that Priya suddenly decides to take off for USA and the very next day she's in the US. The same happens with Granger, as he suddenly walks out of his friend's wedding and takes off for India. Both scenarios are impossible as it takes quiet a long time (weeks) for Indians to get a US tourist visa approved after a long process and for American visitors to get an Indian Visa approved. None of the two countries have got "visa-on-arrival" or "visa free entry" treaty for citizens of their counterpart country.

    Plot: An employee at an Indian call-center travels to San Francisco to be with a guy she falls for over the phone. Full summary »  »

    Story: Struggling to convince his new hotelier client, Kit Hawksin, Granger Woodruff is told by one Jennifer David that his identity has been compromised, and his credit card is being misused. While tracing transactions, both become friendly and agree to meet in San Francisco at the Hawksin Hotel. She does not show up, and Woodruff befriends an East Indian woman, Priya Sethi, who has come to attend a relative's marriage. Woodruff will get a rude awakening when he finds out that Priya is actually Jennifer – who is the fiancé of wealthy Mumbai-based Vikram Bhatia – and has traveled there without informing her family. He will also incur her dad's (Rajeev) wrath, who has been compelled to travel there, along with his wife, Manju, to first locate, and then escort Priya back home to get her married to Vikram.Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)  

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    Synopsis: Priya Sethi (Shriya Saran) indulges her infatuation with American culture by working nights (while Americans are at work, on the other side of the world) at the Citi One Bank Card call center in Mumbai, India. Speaking in a perfect American English accent, she tells her customers her name is Jennifer David and a native of San Francisco. Her conservative father Rajeev is unhappy that she is so eager to forsake her own culture for another, but will be pleased when she goes through with her arranged marriage to wealthy but childishly dull Vikram.

    Priya, posing as Jennifer David, happens to call the handsome and charming Granger Woodruff (Jesse Metcalfe) to help him with the fraudulent charges on his credit card. Priya and Granger have an instant connection over the phone. Unable to suppress the intrigue their easy chemistry offers, Priya agrees to meet Granger in San Francisco. When Priya goes to the meeting place, he doesn’t recognize her. As she is attempting to check out of the hotel, they stumble into each other and finally meet. They immediately hit it off and he invites her out to dinner. Priya and Granger’s relationship blossoms as they share a wonderfully romantic date the following day. They tour the City by the Bay by cable car, sample some especially spicy curry (much to his chagrin), and nearly — but not quite — kiss with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. Improbably, unthinkably, they are falling in love.

    However, Priya’s family has arrived to bring their wayward daughter home a la Coming to America and elude the shame of her escapades. Granger struggles with himself mentally for having abandoned Jennifer David for Priya instead, but still doesn’t know that the Priya and Jennifer are the same person. Meanwhile, both lovers wonder if they just might be too different for their love to actually be possible.

    Eventually, Priya and Granger are found out by her parents and he learns that Priya is actually Jennifer David, and also that she is engaged to Vikram. He is angry that she deceived him, and painfully decides to cut their ties. All of Priya’s family is happy for the relationship to have ended, except for her 80 year-old Aunt who advises her that life is too short to live to make only others happy.

    Priya goes to Granger’s hotel to fight for their love but is shattered when she finds his previous girlfriend in the hotel room with him. She is extremely upset that he could forget about her so easily, and he lets her leave and walk out of his life as if forever.

    Back in India, Priya can’t bring herself to accept a lackluster life with Vikram. As she stuggles to gently disengage without hurting her family, announcing to her betrothed’s family that she must develop as a person, her once-future father in law calls her a rude name. Amazingly, her father forcefully stands up for her, points out that whenever she enters a room, people smile, and that he loves her.

    Granger, too, feels something is missing. While giving the traditional Best Man’s Toast at a wedding, he quotes the groom, his childhood best friend: "Don’t let anything stand between you and your future." Shocked speechless before finishing the toast, he realizes what he may still be able to save. He rushes to the airport, furiously calling the bank in Mumbai with the help of a brainy, native New Yorker (and Hindi-speaking) cab driver.

    Priya has thrown herself back into her work, accepting a promotion to help her coworkers become as effective as she is channeling American attitudes and accent. Just as she is counseling a young man to control his emotions to better serve the bank and its customers, Granger strides into Priya’s call center and cautiously declares his devotion. With a hundred eyes on the couple, a coworker coaxes, "Kiss him! Kiss him!" They kiss for the first time to the cheers of her crew.

    After her shift, as morning breaks, the apprehensive couple finds her family enjoying an open-air breakfast in their sun-dappled garden. Granger bravely attempts to win the approval of Priya’s father by promising to honor her and her culture in phonetic but crude Hindi. "You are hurting my ears. Speak English, boy!" orders Father. Granger formally repeats his commitment to respect and care for her. Father thinks it over for a few moments as the family watches him intently, and he graciously accepts the young man, welcoming him to breakfast.

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    Produced By:

    • Patrick Aiello known as executive producer
    • Ashok Amritraj known as producer
    • Debbie Brubaker known as line producer: San Francisco
    • Pete Chiarelli known as producer
    • Manu Gargi known as line producer
    • Nick Hamson known as executive producer
    • Elizabeth Ingold known as producer
    • Lars Sylvest known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Jesse Metcalfe known as Granger Woodruff
    • Shriya Saran known as Priya R. Sethi
    • Larry Miller known as Kit Hawksin
    • Michael Chen known as Mike
    • Nouva Monika Wahlgren known as Ula (as Nauva Green)
    • Sara Foster known as Emory Banks
    • Harry Key known as New York Waiter
    • Austin Basis known as Charlie Hendricks
    • Tara Sharma known as Zia
    • Sushmita Mukherjee known as Manju R. Sethi
    • Jai Thade known as Govinda R. Sethi
    • Kiran Juneja known as Aunt Pimmi
    • Suhita Thatte known as Priya's Aunt #2
    • Anupam Kher known as Rajeev Sethi
    • Avantika Akerkar known as Miss Prasad
    • Neel Tolani known as Aditya
    • Sai Gundewar known as Priya's Colleague #1
    • Shivani Tanksale known as Priya's Colleague #2
    • Asheesh Kapur known as Vikram S. Bhaitia
    • Vandana Gupte known as Megha S. Bhatia
    • Shishir Sharma known as Sanjay Bhatia
    • Gita Soto known as Desk Clerk, Mary Pat
    • Anna Maria Pinna known as Blond Bar Girl
    • Kanika Shivpuri known as Sister
    • Polly Shroff known as Auntie Rani
    • Devika Luniya known as Anji
    • Worngam known as Haejin
    • Gagan Mudgal known as Sajarit
    • Jay Weinstein known as Hotel Bell Boy
    • Garrett Griffin known as Old Salt
    • Peter Farrel known as Castro Guy
    • Vineet Kapoor known as Akshay
    • Anju Jaitle known as Aunt Pingy
    • Mukesh Ahuja known as Uncle Givi
    • Mona Punjabi known as Party Woman
    • Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal known as Givi's Wife
    • Shaukat Baig known as Doctor #1
    • Anup Burte known as Doctor #2
    • Aaron Patrick Freeman known as Concierge
    • Christian Middelthon known as Businessman
    • Nina Bergman known as Wife
    • Parvesh Cheena known as NY Cabbie
    • Shaun Williams known as Balveer
    • Ali Fazal known as Vij
    • Cathy Cavadini known as Special Voice Artist (voice)
    • Al Perez known as Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
    • Brian Vowell known as Businessman (uncredited)

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Shabana Latif known as hair stylist
    • Shabana Latif known as key makeup artist
    • Viola Rock known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Jessica M. Lapin known as property master

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    Production Companies:

    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) (presents)
    • Hyde Park Entertainment (presents)
    • Adlabs Films (in association with)
    • Brass Hat Films

    Other Companies:

    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Lights & Grips Equipment Hirers India  grip and lighting equipment
    • Pigfactory  music provided by
    • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
    • Sony Pictures Stock Footage  stock footage

    Distributors:

    • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Blue Sky Media (2008) (Czech Republic) (all media)
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Pinema (2008) (Turkey) (all media) (distributor)
    • Showtime Networks (2010) (USA) (TV)
    • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • Shihlin Wu known as visual effects artist

    Release Date:

    • USA 31 October 2008 (limited)
    • Singapore 12 February 2009
    • USA 31 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Bahrain 7 May 2009
    • Italy 22 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 29 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Germany 5 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Mexico 4 December 2009
    • South Korea 25 March 2010

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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