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Are you Laughing With us or at us? South Asian Illustration in Sitcoms

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The onscreen illustration of South Asians has by no means been nice in Hollywood. Actually, I realized to not search for it in my favourite rom-coms, superhero collection, and household dramas. In my TV-watching expertise, although, comedy has been a distinct story. I like sitcoms and have watched practically each widespread sitcom from the early and late aughts. After I turned to those consolation reveals, I by no means felt unrepresented. Among the most iconic sitcom characters in latest a long time are South Asian: Kelly Kapoor in “The Workplace,” Tom Haverford from “Parks and Recreation,” Cece Parekh in “New Lady,” Tahani Al-Jamil in “The Good Place,” and prior to now yr, Sid from “How I Met Your Father.” For many brown viewers, like me, this felt greater than passable. Any illustration felt like good illustration, and as an viewers, we weren’t ready to critique networks, producers, or writers on how we appeared on display screen. It was, and nonetheless is, a celebration to seem in any respect.

The portrayal of South Asians in sitcoms is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it opened doorways for South Asians that had been unavailable via different artistic endeavors. Comedy as a style is bizarre, and sensible, however relatable. It has given our group a far-reaching platform to unite and join with individuals of all cultures. As a minority group, publicity — particularly in an trade held collectively by connections and clout — is integral for our collective success. South Asians have seen extra success with comedy than another style as a result of making individuals giggle is probably the most palatable method to current our similarities and variations. We are able to tailor our political statements, social frustrations, and marginalized experiences into enjoyable, raunchy, non-threatening, and insightful content material. Comedy is flexible sufficient to seize our most unusual and marketable traits, and sitcoms, situational comedy, is an extension of this within the type of 24-minute episodes.

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Whereas a handful of sitcoms employed South Asian expertise, our inclusion has hardly ever been well-intentioned. As of its final season in 2019, “The Large Bang Concept” has received 10 Emmys and made historical past because the longest-running, live-action sitcom. It’s unclear whether or not these accomplishments occurred regardless of the poor illustration of South Asians or for these very causes. Raj Koothrappali, performed by Kunal Nayyar, is the one particular person of shade among the many present’s eight forged members. Raj’s character was constructed round numerous stereotypes, extending past the usual nerd archetype. Raj was coded as probably the most socially inept, emasculated, and undesirable character in a gaggle of awkward, geeky males. He’s typically put down, humiliated, and misunderstood. One of these illustration, particularly in a sitcom that ended simply 4 years in the past, is regressive and tiring. Characters like Raj actually aren’t representations in any respect. He isn’t meant to be. Raj was characterised for the enjoyment of non-South Asian viewers. His “fresh-off-the-boat” makes an attempt at assimilation are the jokes. His cultural traditions coupled along with his Western ambitions are purported to make Western audiences giggle. When Raj is the butt of a joke, the “final loser” in a gaggle of three different losers, no person is laughing with him. They’re laughing at him. 

Aliens in America,” one other 2007s sitcom, lasted only one season on The CW for good cause. This sitcom featured a white American household in Wisconsin that determined to host a global scholar to assist their son make buddies in his highschool. The household is dismayed when Raja, the trade scholar, isn’t from a European nation however from Pakistan. Right here begins 18 episodes of overt racism, xenophobia, and spiritual and cultural intolerance posed for laughs. It’s a irritating watch, and sadly, its gross premise may be defined by the dearth of South Asian writers and administrators credited. Illustration on display screen is simply tasteful and compelling when there are South Asians behind the scenes sharing enter, experience, and experiences. Mindy Kaling’s work is proof of what it might appear to be when South Asians have the sources and assist to form their very own narratives. Whereas her South Asian characters might fall below the same archetype, their tales are expansive and genuine. 

Sitcoms have each enforced and subverted South Asian stereotypes. A lot of the work South Asian creatives have completed to separate our identities from racist characterizations was concurrently perpetuated by the leisure trade. On the identical display screen as Raj and Raja, we watched Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford and Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil. These two characters diverged from the previous in that their tradition and “brownness” had been seldom talked about. They appeared to exist nearly individually from their ethnicity and carried seen confidence and self-assurance, pulling laughs with their eccentrics and quirkiness.

Hannah Simone’s Cece Parekh and Sid, performed by Suraj Sharma within the “How I Met Your Mom” spin-off, “How I Met Your Father,” are each refreshingly authentic. Sid is a South Asian bartender from New York, and his ethnicity is neither ignored nor some extent of mockery. Cece is a highschool dropout turned skilled mannequin, frequently acknowledged all through the present for her confidence, savviness, and wonder. Their personalities not solely subvert the nerdy, meek, and undesirable traits sometimes related to brown characters but in addition encourage a lot of the witty and sharp dialogue amongst their respective ensemble casts. A authorities official from a modest Midwest city, a mannequin in Los Angeles, a British philanthropist, and a New York bartender won’t ever totally seize our particular person experiences. But, their tales signify small but important points of our lives. These characters, born between 2007 and 2021, are indicative of the evolution of South Asian characters from prior caricatures. Our inherent identities, communities, and elementary beliefs are usually not and will now not be the joke.

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Comedy, particularly sitcoms, has been a gateway for South Asians to enter the leisure trade. Whereas illustration has been missing in different genres of tv, sitcoms proceed to be residence to notable South Asian expertise. Brown characters prior to now had been depicted with various levels of accuracy and integrity, however our extended presence on community tv has slowly led to essential billing on genres exterior of a comedic scope. Netflix productions and Marvel movies are among the many big-budget initiatives entertaining the concept that South Asians may be superheroes, love pursuits, and a lot extra. Whereas Hollywood’s motivations to function South Asian characters might have initially derived from a spot of ridicule, South Asian creatives made comedian aid characters their very own. Sitcoms have matured right into a style the place we will take possession of our tales, evoking the uncooked, hilarious, and painful moments that make us the fully-fleshed individuals we’re on and off the display screen.

The opinions expressed by the author of this piece, and people offering feedback thereon (collectively, the “Writers”), are theirs alone and don’t essentially replicate the opinions of Brown Lady Journal, Inc., or any of its workers, administrators, officers, associates, or assigns (collectively, “BGM”). BGM shouldn’t be answerable for the accuracy of any of the data equipped by the Writers. It isn’t the intention of Brown Lady Journal to malign any faith, ethnic group, membership, group, firm, or particular person. You probably have a grievance about this content material, please e mail us at Workers@browngirlmagazine.com. This submit is topic to our Phrases of Use and Privateness Coverage. Should you’d prefer to submit a visitor submit, please observe the rules we’ve set forth right here.

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Mindy Kaling

Over the previous few weeks we’ve all seen Mindy Kaling shoulder the blame for misrepresenting the South Asian diaspora in her work. I need to expose us to the flip facet. She’s not “Indian sufficient” for some in our communities and “not American sufficient” for mainstream tv and media. However I don’t know a single South Asian dwelling overseas who doesn’t really feel this dissonance. We’re a technology born to folks who strived to remain linked to their homeland however knew they needed to assimilate to outlive. Many people obtained misplaced within the combine. I positively did. And from the seems to be of it, Kaling did too. 

I really feel like I’ve oscillated between these two extremes all my life. I’ve had moments of code-switching — performing as a white model of myself, melting into the teams round me. And moments of being a “coconut” (or an “oreo” relying on the place you come from) — abruptly donning an accent as if Hindi was my first language. It wasn’t acutely aware. It additionally wasn’t totally unconscious.  

It wasn’t till I watched Netflix’s “By no means Have I Ever” as a 35-year-old mom of two that I noticed what teenage Ambika was up towards. Nonetheless sporting tank tops in secret, whereas women my age had moved on to the midriff-baring pattern of the early 2000s. Not pondering it was okay to discover my sexuality. Not seeing that typically I knew what was higher for me than my mother and father did. Not understanding that it was okay to develop my romantic pursuits past the few Indian boys I knew. After which I rewatched “The Mindy Mission” whereas on maternity depart with my second child. And I ate it up.

I rewound dialogue as Dr. Lahiri obtained engaged, left a person who misplaced his drive, fell in love with the unexpectedly good-looking curmudgeon, obtained pregnant, realized to mom, and located a brand new model of herself. She addressed her pregnant physique insecurities on-screen (in “What to Anticipate When You’re Increasing — good!). She grappled together with her ambitions within the face of motherhood. She owned who she was when most of us had been taught to not. She dated exterior of her race. Her audacity and levity gave me a lot oomph at a time after I wanted it probably the most.

Artwork comes from lived expertise. And when people replicate their life again to the plenty via artwork, it’s a tenuous steadiness. Comedians specifically should toe a tremendous line between hyperbole and actuality, having the paradoxical job of talking the reality (the darkish reality, typically), and concurrently making individuals giggle.

Comic Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, when interviewed on NPR’s “Code Change,” says: 

Though I didn’t communicate Spanish — my mother and father don’t communicate Spanish — early in my profession after I would painting my mother and father in a bit, they’d have an accent. They might communicate in damaged English. Any time I might speak about my mother, it was like, ‘ay, mija.’ My mother doesn’t name me ‘mija.’ My mother will depart me a voice message and be like, ‘hey, woman!’ She talks like me. You realize what I imply?

That is the inherent paradox that exists in Velma as nicely. Kaling, as she typically does, takes her personal experiences as a younger Indian woman rising up towards the backdrop of white America, and amplifies them. And now, Kaling is a grown, Indian lady whose profession is evolving towards the backdrop of an America, too.

Critics throughout completely different racial teams regularly speak about “the illustration entice.” Even when a minority group is represented in a chunk of artwork, literature, movie, or tv, the manifestation of that group remains to be filtered via the white gaze. In Ismail Muhammed’s New York Occasions piece “Can Black Literature Escape the Illustration Lure,” he says: 

Our present drawback isn’t an inadequate quantity of Black illustration in literature however a surfeit of it. And in lots of circumstances which means merely one other advertising and marketing alternative, a method to promote acquainted pictures of Blackness to as broad an viewers as attainable.

The controversy about whether or not minority artists correctly signify their cohort is marred with capitalism and white supremacy. When so many industries are gate-kept by the everyday, euro-centric, generationally wealthy man, is there actually any method to be wholly true to our expertise? 

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Let’s not overlook that many people (or perhaps all of us?) got here up in a society that devalues ladies, and horrifically devalues individuals of shade. Let’s not overlook that almost all of executives throughout each discipline nonetheless don’t appear to be us (if by likelihood you’ve forgotten, learn this piece by Ruchika Tulshyan). Let’s not overlook that when individuals are launched to one thing international and unknown to them, their default is to reject it (once more, should you’ve forgotten, examine “the mere publicity impact” and racism).

I’m not sure how Kaling has inherited the immense accountability of representing the entire South Asian American diaspora? And is then being criticized for her illustration of it. Third-generation South Asians are very completely different from second-generation, who’re very completely different from first-generation. Our identities and the way we match into American tradition, mainstream media, and enterprise, are nonetheless forming as we communicate. We aren’t a monolith.

And loads of males have completed precisely what Kaling is being criticized for, with out wherever close to the identical degree of criticism. All males I (hopefully, we) love.

Riz Ahmed has taken on roles through which his race isn’t the central focus. Hasan Minaj doesn’t get criticized when he makes use of stereotypical accents to signify South Asians or for utilizing politics as a launch pad for his content material. We don’t hate on Kumail Nanjiani when he abruptly will get a six-pack, though he additionally as soon as performed a nerd. I beloved when Aziz Ansari went to Italy to make pasta and didn’t make it Indian.

Why are we tearing down one of many solely ladies in America who’s working to showcase South Asian tradition and other people? As a result of she makes use of humor and caricature? As a result of she’s not placing herself within the mindset of the kind of Indian one who has realized to thrive on the intersection of their upbringing and their setting? Newsflash: that particular person doesn’t exist! 

It’s not on Kaling to signify each dimension of this diaspora. She’s completed her job.

I’m a proud, second-generation, Indian American lady, married to an Indian American man, with two Indian American kids. I used to be nerdy similar to Kaling. I had arm hair similar to Devi. I pined after white boys in my teen years similar to Bela from the HBO Max’s “Intercourse Lives of Faculty Ladies,” too. And Kaling is an absolute inspiration to me. 

I see a South Asian lady who selected to have kids on her personal. Whose profession, post-children, skyrocketed. Who dedicated herself and her craft to deal with probably the most deep-rooted stigmas of South Asian tradition — psychological well being, intercourse, and interracial relationships — whereas nonetheless honoring the way in which it manifested in her life. 

It’s now our job to get out into the world and dimensionalize our cohort. Present the world what us supposed “ABCDs” have grown up and completed; who we’ve change into and what we’ve achieved. 

It’s what I’m attempting to do. It’s what I’m attempting to battle for after I’m advised issues like “perhaps tone down the range angle in your writing, we don’t need publishers to assume they’re simply shopping for a range e book.”

We nonetheless exist in a home of playing cards. Why are we kicking the constructing blocks of our own residence?

I’ll depart you with this quote from Kaling herself: 

Individuals get scared while you attempt to do one thing, particularly when it seems to be such as you’re succeeding. Individuals don’t get scared while you’re failing. It calms them. However while you’re successful, it makes them really feel like they’re dropping or, worse but, that perhaps they need to’ve tried to do one thing too, however now it’s too late. And since they didn’t, they need to cease you. You may’t allow them to.

I hope this lady by no means will get discouraged. We want her in additional methods than one.


The opinions expressed by the author of this piece, and people offering feedback thereon (collectively, the “Writers”), are theirs alone and don’t essentially replicate the opinions of Brown Lady Journal, Inc., or any of its workers, administrators, officers, associates, or assigns (collectively, “BGM”). BGM shouldn’t be answerable for the accuracy of any of the data equipped by the Writers. It isn’t the intention of Brown Lady Journal to malign any faith, ethnic group, membership, group, firm, or particular person. You probably have a grievance about this content material, please e mail us at Workers@browngirlmagazine.com. This submit is topic to our Phrases of Use and Privateness Coverage. Should you’d prefer to submit a visitor submit, please observe the rules we’ve set forth right here.

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Anya Banerjee
Anya Banerjee

Born within the US and raised in New Zealand, actor Anya Banerjee made her tv debut, this previous Sunday, in season 10 of NBC’sThe Blacklist.” She is seen enjoying the character of Siya Malik, daughter of former process drive member Meera Malik who met with an premature demise in season one.

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An MI6 agent, Malik is hoping to be taught extra about her mom and the work she did with Raymond Reddington. Her character is a pointy, ingenious, fearless spy with a knack for recognizing what motivates others. Though that is her first-ever tv position, one can see how deeply concerned Banerjee is within the character, pushing you to attach again the dots to the historical past her character comes with. In an interview with Brown Lady Journal, Banerjee talks extra about her journey into appearing, what drew her to the position of Siya and what ought to the viewers count on from the tenth and ultimate season of the present:

Individuals, generally, are very influenced by the content material they devour. Was there a particular movie, play, or tv collection that obtained you interested by appearing?

As the primary in my household to be raised in “the West,” simply being on this planet concerned performing some type of id. Movie and TV acted as a 3rd father or mother in that regard. I’m the primary actor in my household, however have needed to do that since earlier than I can bear in mind. Watching “Bend It Like Beckham” after I was in major faculty confirmed me there was a spot for South Asian feminine leads in Hollywood. I’ve additionally at all times been drawn to media with some factor of the fantastical. I beloved Baz Lurhmann’s “Moulin Rouge” as a result of it introduced the theatricality of the stage to the display screen in a spectacular method. I bear in mind being tickled by the cultural fusion within the movie. It mirrored my very own sense of being on the intersection of varied cultures and the attraction of escaping right into a made-up world.

Have been you part of any productions in class or in school that influenced you?

I did lots of singing and dancing as a child; Indian dance-dramas at Durga Puja and yearly ballet recitals. We did musicals and Shakespeare productions at secondary faculty and that’s additionally after I began working in Auckland’s skilled theatre scene.

What had been a few of your favourite roles whereas pursuing the appearing program at Columbia College and the way did they put together you on your tv debut?

Casting director James Calleri headed the appearing MFA program at Columbia after I was there and his on-camera lessons actually set us up for achievement in TV. We additionally had the large luck of being Ron Van Lieu’s first cohort at Columbia. The grasp appearing instructor directed our thesis manufacturing of “The place Do We Stay?” by Christopher Shinn. I performed Lily, a British celebration woman who needs to be bodily and emotionally susceptible within the play. With the assistance of motion coach Sita Mani and intimacy co-ordinator Alicia Rodis, I gained the arrogance to take extra dangers in my appearing. Now I’m enjoying a really completely different Brit with a very completely different background and disposition however I’m utilizing lots of  the identical instruments I used as Lily to really feel grounded as Siya.

How would you describe “The Blacklist” to individuals eager to be taught extra concerning the present?

Motion-packed, filled with intrigue, and endlessly entertaining. There’s a cause this present has been killing it for a decade and that’s the excessive caliber of the forged and crew, in addition to the ingenious and topical writing that retains followers coming again for extra. Viewers members who’ve watched from the start will recognize the complete circle moments that my character ushers in — I play the daughter of Meera Malik, late CIA agent from season one so my storyline is a little bit of a throwback. However new viewers can use me as an entry level into the world of “The Blacklist” as Siya uncovers it, little by little, as a newcomer herself.

How did you put together for the position of Siya Malik and the way comparable are you in actual life to the character you’re enjoying on display screen?

Among the first issues I needed to be taught on the job had been stunts and learn how to function a firearm. You’ll be seeing lots of Siya kicking butt. The gun stuff was fully new for me however I took to it in a short time and my background as a dancer helped with the battle scenes. One thing I determine with in Siya is her resilience. She’s turned the tragedy of her mom’s demise into the gas that led to her personal profession as an MI6 agent, overcoming obstacles and others’ underestimation of her. That’s the type of hearth inside that  I actually admire and hope to apply in my very own life.

Are there sure roles you’re feeling swimsuit you higher?

I like characters with complicated inside worlds — ones who’re deeply flawed and should even be outcast from society, however who rise above the percentages to carve out house for themselves and those they love.

Do you’re feeling South Asians are nonetheless pigeonholed into sure roles or has it gotten higher?

I believe issues are so much higher than what I grew up seeing within the early 2000s. “Sound of Steel,” for instance, is certainly one of my favourite motion pictures as a result of Riz Ahmed’s riveting efficiency has little to do with him being South Asian and every thing to do along with his dedication to an expertly crafted position.

Is there a dream position you’d need to play?

On stage, somebody as risky as Emma from Duncan Macmillian’s “Individuals Locations & Issues.” On display screen, somebody as humorous as Amina in “We Are Girl Components” or as courageous because the title character in “Kimi.”

You will have labored with many proficient people. Is there anybody nonetheless in your listing you’d need to work with when it comes to administrators, actors, actresses, and others?

Parminder Nagra, clearly! As a Kiwi, it might be a dream come true to work with Jane Campion or Taika Waititi. I’m most excited to kind significant relationships with artists daring sufficient to problem the established order.

You describe your self as a “Kiwi-Bengali within the Large Metropolis.” How have you ever felt as an Indian American, raised in New Zealand, coming into the appearing world?

There’s been lots of juggling points of my triangular id. A whole lot of the instances on this trade individuals need you to be only one factor, or perhaps two, however three’s pushing it! The truth is that we reside in a globalized world. We have now to make room for cultural nuance within the media. So perhaps I’ll lean into my American facet at present, flip up the Kiwi tomorrow, and communicate Bengali with my Indian mother and father on the telephone. All are legitimate, genuine expressions of myself and reflections of the actual world.

[Read Related: Manish Dayal on ‘The Resident’ & Telling Stories During and About a Pandemic]

What recommendation would you give to your youthful self?

It’s okay to be a chameleon — the truth is it’s a present. Adapting points of your persona and id to completely different circumstances is a part of being a multicultural artist.

What’s one thing not many individuals learn about you?

I is usually a little introverted and have struggled with social anxiousness since I used to be a youngster. I had a little bit of an emo section then, however have since realized to take life much less severely and it’s made me so much happier. My family members nurture and embrace the goofball in me. Should you get to know me, I’d allow you to see my inside clown!

Lastly, what do you hope people take away from this interview?

Take satisfaction in your distinction and embrace the outsider in you. It’s your superpower. There’s nobody proper method to be a Brown Lady so get on the market and be whoever you need to be!

Photograph Courtesy of Ted Ely

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Polite Society

For any of us who’ve siblings, the connection with them may be probably the most fulfilling ones. And likewise probably the most bloody irritating. Nobody can fairly stroke the hearth like somebody who is aware of you extraordinarily nicely, or typically not, however have a familial bond with that neither certainly one of you selected. In “Well mannered Society,“directed by Nida Manzoor, sisters Ria Khan and Lena Khan’s loving, candy, and typically tumultuous relationship takes middle stage. 

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Performed delightfully by Priya Kansara and Ritu Arya, respectively, the evolution of their relationship is likely one of the movie’s biggest and concurrently weakest factors. It’s additionally fairly cool to see two South Asian actresses in an action-comedy film — how refreshing it’s to say the artwork of choreography and reward it with regard to battle sequences vs. dance sequences for a movie centered on two South Asian ladies — that itself reveals progress. 

Set in London, Ria is an aspiring stunt lady who already reveals huge expertise in martial arts. She seems to be as much as her older sister Lena, who’s enrolled in artwork faculty and, additionally holds outstanding potential in a considerably much less historically acceptable discipline. Their relationship begins off as supportive and candy with no inclinations of jealousy or resentment that typically plagues sisterly bonds. However this additionally signifies that they’re fairly protecting of each other, nearly to the detriment of their nicely needs for one another. 

This all occurs when Lena will get engaged after dropping out of artwork faculty. Ria feels betrayed. They had been purported to be on this journey collectively in combating for his or her goals. Ria decides that she is aware of what’s finest for her sister and enlists the assistance of her buddies to rescue the damsel in misery from her personal wedding ceremony. Her deep animosity in direction of the prospect of Lena getting married can also be fueled by Lena’s fiancé and his mom appearing extraordinarily suspiciously. The twist that in the end brings the 2 sisters again collectively is each surprising and weirdly considerably progressive within the motive behind the villain’s origin story. However the twist, sadly, is simply too bold for the film because it tacks on one other style and theme earnestly, however nonetheless clunkily. 

“Well mannered Society” tackles not solely what it means to battle for one’s goals but in addition what it means to have only one ardent supporter. As Girl Gaga famously mentioned, “There may be 100 individuals in a room and 99 of them don’t imagine in you however all it takes is one and it simply modifications your entire life.” Effectively, Ria’s Bradley Cooper was her very personal sister who appeared to desert her, and her religion in her, when she selected a distinct path. For Lena, the movie opened up the query of marriage and the burden it bears within the lifetime of a South Asian lady. Ria’s lack of knowledge of the strain it locations on Lena is the beginning of the change of their relationship — the beginning of Ria’s coming of age and the beginning of Lena settling firmly into her maturity. 

Polite Society
Director Nida Manzoor, cinematographer Ashley Connor and actor Priya Kansara on the set of their movie “Well mannered Society.”

Standouts from the forged embrace Ria’s finest buddies, performed by Seraphina Beh and Ella Bruccoleri, who decide to the story and characters with such hilarity and conviction. They add the lightheartedness and playfulness the movie wants, and it’s refreshing that by no means as soon as do they use Ria’s cultural background as a method to make enjoyable of her or dismiss her.

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Additionally it is heartening to see Lena and Ria’s mother and father being a number of the most supportive South Asian mother and father seen on display screen. On the finish of the day, it’s not the exterior household strain that impacts the choices made by the sisters however somewhat their very own satisfaction, or lack thereof, with their very own lives that change into the driving drive of their actions. 

“Well mannered Society” is written and directed by a South Asian lady for South Asian ladies, and is certainly price a watch when it releases in theaters this April. 

Photograph Credit: Focus Options LLC

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