Sunday, January 6, 2008

Mindy Kaling Among the New Faces of Indian Decent in Hollywood

In an article I've found in the Hindustan Times, Hollywood stars such as Kal Penn (24, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) and Mindy Kaling are showing that stars of Indian decent are becoming more common.

"There are also the desis who work in the less glamorous areas of entertainment like casting, writing and directing — like Mindy Kaling, a writer-cum-actor of Tamil descent, who writes and produces hit comedy show The Office. “I feel completely free when I write for the character of Kelly Kapoor. She isn’t a nerd or a math whiz. She’s actually kind of a fool. That is really fun, to play against stereotype like that," she says of the character that she plays (and writes) in the series."

"Mindy Kaling grew up as Vera Chokalingam.... “People would mangle Chokalingam, then feel sheepish about it. The last thing I wanted was for casting agents and producers to be hesitant to say my name,” explains Kaling."

You can read the whole article HERE.

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