I didn’t have a role model. My role model was Michael Jordan. Bad role model for an Indian dude… I didn’t have anyone who looked like me. And by the time I was old enough...
It just so happened that my agent called and said, ‘There’s this movie ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Here are the sides.’ I think I originally read for Bumper, because Donald didn’t have much in the script, so...
I moved to New York – I attended NYU, did a BFA in Acting at NYU. I was really into hip-hop, so I started battling, like ‘8 Mile.’ I used to rap battle.
It takes time for brown people and people of different ethnicities to get into the Hollywood world, which is predominantly Caucasian and African American.
You have to find a way – and thankfully for me, it’s been music – to separate yourself from the racial identity. It’s not easy, and I continue to work, God bless, and I’m really,...
The amount of love I get from India, from Pakistan, from Asia, from Persia, Malaysia – people are just like, ‘Brown boy doing it, brown boy doing it!’
I didn’t go to church, I didn’t go to synagogue; I went to temple, Hindu temple, where I prayed to my Hindu gods – whether or not I believe in it is another story.
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