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December 26, 2014
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Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra Sets Sights on American TV
By Shilpa Jamkhandikar
riyanka Chopra might be
one of the most sought-
after stars in India right
now, but she has set her
sights far away across the
Atlantic. After cutting a single with
rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL,
and being signed on by the cloth-
ing brand Guess as their top
model, the 32-year-old actress is
all set to star in an American tele-
vision series this fall, developed
around her by the ABC TV net-
The Bollywood star signed a
one-year talent development deal
with the network, under which
theWalt Disney-owned company
will develop a show for her or cast
her in an existing show.Work will
begin in January when the actress
will leave for Los Angeles.
“It’s a great opportunity. For
ABC, it makes sense because there
is a huge Indian audience in the
U.S. who will see someone they
identify with on screen. And I
have been a huge fan of television
content in America and what they
are doing, so it works both ways,”
Chopra told Reuters in a phone
“Keli (ABC’s VP of casting) told
me about the work they do in
terms of diversity. I jumped at the
Chopra dismissed the idea that
she was signed on only because of
the diversity agenda. “Thanks to
my music, I am known in the U.S.
Also my body of work is such that
I have always tried different
things. I take it as a compliment. I
don’t think it is racial profiling or
anything,” she said.
Few Indian actors have made a
successful transition to main-
stream American entertainment,
often being relegated to side roles
which required Indian actors.
Actor Anil Kapoor starred in
one season of the crime series
“24”, and Nimrat Kaur, another
Indian actress is currently working
in the popular series “Homeland”,
but none of them are lead roles.
Chopra insists she wasn’t going to
let the fact that she was Indian
dictate the content of her show.
“It’s great to play who you are,
but I want to be able to open an
opportunity for Indian actors to
do ethnically ambiguous parts.
Sofia Vergara (who stars in the
ABC comedy “Modern Family”) is
a Colombian actress, but she is
also a leading actor in a fabulous
ensemble cast,” she said.
Chopra said she would listen to
pitches from studio executives
and writers and then decide what
show to do, but added that she
would never be far away from
“I am still here and still doing
films. I have two films coming out
next year, and I am still talking to
producers about scripts. But I also
want to try out other avenues,
other mediums. I am like a kid in
a candy shop. You can’t pull me
The former MissWorld has
leading roles in two big-ticket
Bollywood films in 2015 – Zoya
Akhtar’s “Dil Dhadakne Do”, and
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical
romance, “Bajirao Mastani.”
– Reuters
Golden Globe Nomination for HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’
By a Staff Writer
BO Comedy series ‘SiliconValley’
starring Pakistani-American actor
and stand-up comedian Kumail
Nanjiani has been nominated for a Golden
Globe for the best comedy.
Other nominations in the category
include Amazon’s “Transparent,” Netflix’s
“Orange is the New Black,” and HBO’s
“Girls” joining “Jane the Virgin.” The 72nd
Golden Globe Awards will be telecast live
on NBC Jan. 11.
Directed by Mike Judge (“Office Space,”
“Beavis & Butthead,” “King of the Hill”),
“SiliconValley” brings his irreverent brand
of humor. Partially inspired by Judge’s own
experiences as a SiliconValley engineer in
the late ‘80s, the show kicked off its eight-
episode season this April.
Nanjiani, who plays the character of
Dinesh, was born in Karachi, and moved to
the U..S with his family when he was eight
years old, according to information on his
He co-hosts the show “The Meltdown”
with Jonah and Kumail. He also hosts two
podcasts “The Indoor Kids” and “The X-
Files Files.”
In July 2011, Nanjiani and X-Play staffer
Ali Baker began hosting a videogame-
themed podcast, titled “The Indoor Kids.”
In late August of the same year Baker left
the show and Nanjiani began hosting with
his wife, Emily V. Gordon. He also appears
regularly on Dan Harmon’s podcast
“Harmontown,” where he plays Dungeons
& Dragons with Harmon as a character
named Chris de Burgh. He played a delivery
man as a cameo in the 2013 film“The Kings
of Summer.
In addition to guest-starring in various
comedy shows like “Portlandia,” Nanjiani
was featured in a supporting role in the
TNT series “Franklin & Bash,” where he
played the role of Pindar Singh, an agora-
phobic science fiction nerd working for the
title characters.
Nanjiani also guest-starred on HBO’s
“Veep” as a statistician. He also had a recur-
ring role of Amir Larussa on “Newsreaders,”
as well as Prismo on “Adventure Time.” His
Comedy Central special titled “Beta Male”
aired in July 2013. Nanjiani, who was raised
as a Muslim, but became an atheist in later
life, is married to Emily V. Gordon, an
author and comedy producer.
FromNews Dispatches
espite its controversies,
pending court cases and
Twitter battles,
Rajkumar Hirani’s “PK” has
managed to win the hearts of
fans in India and abroad. The
Aamir Khan-starrer is among
the top 10 grossers in North
America starting Dec. 19.
According to a Dec. 23 Reuters
report, the film has grossed
$3.5 million, and is placed at
the 10th spot in the list led by
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the
Five Armies.”
In the domestic market too,
the film has managed to woo
critics and audiences alike and
has earned more than Rs.100
crore, Indo Asian News Service
reported. “PK” has collected
Rs.116.63 crore in the domestic
market, a statement read.
“I am literally in tears read-
ing the overwhelming love &
response you guys have shown
for PK & us. Thank you from the
bottom of my heart,” Anushka
Sharma, the lead actress, tweet-
ed Dec. 22 morning.
The VidhuVinod Chopra
production released Dec. 19
also stars Sushant Singh Rajput
and Sanjay Dutt.
Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ Among Top
10 Grossers in North America
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