monimala (monimala) wrote in purnima_fic,

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Comprehensive list of Fandom's South Asian characters

Hi, everyone! Welcome, again, to purnima_fic. I'm glad to see some new members trickling in. Since one of the basic problems with focusing on characters and actors of South Asian origin is that many don't *know* what shows feature them, I thought it would be prudent to make a list that we can continuously add to!

Bollywood, obviously, speaks for itself, but I would love to get a round-up from popular American, Canadian and British TV shows, canceled or older series, book and movie fandoms, etc.

South Asian TV Characters
Saira Batra, GH: Night Shift (Azita Ghanizada)
Principal Figgins, Glee (Iqbal Theba)
Tom Haverford/Darwish Zubair Ismail Gani, Parks and Recreation (Aziz Ansari)
Kelly Kapoor, The Office (Mindy Kaling)
Divya Katdare, Royal Pains (Reshma Shetty)
Rajesh Koothrappali, The Big Bang Theory (Kunal Nayyar)
Jonathan, 30 Rock (Maulik Pancholy)
Lawrence Kutner, House M.D. (Kal Penn)
Anwar Kharral, Skins (Dev Patel)
Apu and Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon, The Simpsons
Baljeet Patel, Phineas & Ferb
Guru Pathik, Avatar: the Last Airbender
Amita Ramanujan, Numb3rs (Navi Rawat)
Ranjit, How I Met Your Mother (Marshall Manesh)
Neela Rasgotra, ER (Parminder Nagra)
Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife (Archie Panjabi)
Mohinder Suresh, Heroes (Sendhil Ramamurthy)

South Asian Actors in Non-South Asian TV Roles
Naveen Andrews (Sayid Jarrah, Lost)
Rory Cochrane (24, CSI, Empire Records)
Anjali Jay (Djaq, Robin Hood BBC)
Navi Rawat (Theresa, The O.C.)
Rekha Sharma (Tory Foster, Battlestar Galactica)
Sabine Singh (Greenlee, All My Children)
Dilshad Vadsaria (Rebecca Logan, Greek)
Indira Varma (3 lbs, Rome, Torchwood, etc.)

Non-Bollywood Films featuring Significant South Asian Characters
Bend it Like Beckham
Bhaji on the Beach
Bollywood Hero
Brick Lane
Bride and Prejudice
The Guru
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (and sequel)
Mississippi Masala
Monsoon Wedding
The Namesake
Salaam Bombay
Slumdog Millionaire

Books featuring South Asian Characters
Padma and Parvati Patil, JK Rowling's Harry Potter series
Captain Nemo, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
Nirupam Singh, Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

I've made my contributions off the top of my head. Please feel free to leave your own in the comments!
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