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That’s just the tip of the iceberg the casting process - but it has to start somewhere. Where it starts is with the storytellers. Here, we have a movie called Growing up Smith that we made. It’s about an Indian family within Americana. Because it’s within Americana, you have the Caucasian characters who are equal and counterpart to the Indian characters. It’s about the convergence of the two different cultures and the two different ethnicities and races. Every immigrant community goes through a progressive cycle. When an immigrant community first gets here, there’s a knee-jerk reaction to allowing your kids to do anything other than the safest path, as becoming a doctor or an engineer.

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SVI: The recent changes in Hollywood, to include many diverse cultures that are part of our community in movies, are different from how things were in the past, where Asian actors had small parts in movies playing their own race. However, recently, I have seen movies made without really a cultural reference, such as the recent Star Wars Rogue One episode. They casted Chinese actors Jiang Wen and Donnie Yan in roles that could have been played by anyone.

together here. The hope is that we can live compassionately with each other, understand each other. Of course, we’re living in very cynical and divisive times, and where that comes from? I’m not really sure.

Anjul Nigam: Yes, somewhat colorblind, right? I think Hollywood starts to reflect the makeup of all people in the U.S. We are a community from different parts of the world, and we’ve come

Anjul Nigam: It’s a story about identity for first- or second-generation immigrants, which is always a challenge. Our slogan is “It’s better to stand out than to fit in.”

SVI: I think this aspect is very exciting, that we can integrate different cultures. Actors and actresses from other countries can be part of Hollywood’s main act. I think there is hope in Hollywood. Do you think of Growing up Smith as a mainstream Hollywood movie?

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SVI summer 2017 edition. Affordable housing issue, include interviews with Ash Kalra and Dave Cortese about Silicon Valley affordable housin...

Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine summer2017  

SVI summer 2017 edition. Affordable housing issue, include interviews with Ash Kalra and Dave Cortese about Silicon Valley affordable housin...