Distinction of being the first movie set in the world of Indian call centers isn’t enough to sustain interest in “American Daylight,” an unbelievable thriller-cum-romance that’s one big missed call. Unlikely plot of a U.S. businessman falling for a South Asian phone operator — and then flying halfway around the world to find her — isn’t helped by phony dialogue, awkward performances, a token sprinkling of social commentary, and routine direction by Roger Christian. Skedded to open in India Dec. 17, pic won’t be seeing much daylight in mainstream Western markets.
After phoning his bank to check his balance and being redirected to a call center in New Delhi, music exec Lawrence (Nick Moran, with a wobbly American accent) strikes up a phone relationship with “Sue,” aka Sujata (Koel Purie). She eventually helps him stop his bitch-on-wheels wife, Zelda (Jennifer Siebel), from emptying his account. After tracking Sujata down in India, Lawrence is targeted by a killer hired by Sujata’s jealous boss, Pratap (Vijay Raaz, indistinct). Production values are on the modest side for a wannabe international genre movie.