"The Asian experience is not a monolith."
Priyanka Chopra’s next Hollywood romantic comedy will see her playing a Punjabi woman.
Priyanka will star alongside Mindy Kaling in the film, which will mark their first collaboration together.
Mindy, who has also co-written the film, spoke about the project and her and Priyanka’s role in a new interview.
Priyanka and Mindy will play cousins in the romantic comedy, which will revolve around a big fat Indian wedding.
Mindy will play an Indian-American, while Priyanka will play her first cousin, who was born and raised in India.
Mindy Kaling recently revealed that she and Priyanka’s characters will also be hailing from different cultures in India.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Mindy discussed the ‘diverse representation of the Asian experience in her projects,’ and said:
“We’re really proud of it, we show South Asian Americans that are from Southern India.
“Then we show a Muslim Indian girl. Culturally we see how they’re different from each other. The Asian experience is not a monolith.
“Why would people necessarily know that if they don’t have shows that explain and explore that difference?”
She added: “I have this movie with Priyanka Chopra, she’s Punjabi Indian from India and I’m an Indian American Bengali girl from the East Coast.
“It’s so different and that’s what makes our dynamic so fun together.”
In a previous interview with FirstPost in May 2020, Mindy Kaling had said that Priyanka Chopra and her love of India have also influenced how she is writing their film together.
She had said: “What’s so fun about writing that movie is playing with the expectations that Indians and Indian Americans have of each other.
“I’ve learned so much from Priyanka and her love of India. It’s enhanced my own love and understanding of India.”
Priyanka was recently shooting for her Amazon Prime Video web series Citadel. She will also be seen in Farhan Akhtar’s Jee Le Zaraa alongside Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif.
Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas recently became parents to their daughter, Malti Marie Chopra Jonas.
The couple is raising her at their home in Los Angeles.
Nick recently revealed that he felt it was important for the couple to share their surrogacy journey with others.
Speaking to People Magazine, Nick Jonas said: “I think that what we shared on social media was just kinda the feeling that we had, the gratitude obviously to have our baby home.
“But also for each and every person that was part of her journey while in the hospital.”