“It will not be a show about curry, turbans, 7-Elevens -- whatever stereotypes that are out there. It will be far from that. But you will learn and see things you might be familiar with that are reflective of South Asian identity and culture,” said Tripathy, creator of the viral comedy YouTube series, “Keeping Up With the Guptas.”
When Tripathy landed a general meeting earlier this year with 20th Century Fox comedy executives and producers, Tripathy, who initially thought he had a shot at an entry-level writing position, was surprised when Fox took an interest in Tripathy's stories about his family.
In 2010, the comedian, model, and screenwriter launched “Keeping Up With the Guptas,” a web series that accidentally became an overnight sensation despite its poor production value and basic budget. The web series' cast consists of his own parents and his friends and focuses on stories revolving around arranged marriages, parental expectations, and generational differences.
“I think racial tolerance and cultural acceptance is something that is extremely important," said Tripathy. "The best way to help understand other people's cultures is by learning to love characters that are within that culture.”
Tripathy, who has met actress-comedian Mindy Kaling multiple times, says she’s a great example of someone who is proud of her culture, but is not solely defined by it.
“She is someone who is proud to be Indian American, but isn’t limited to just that. Similarly with my web series, the problems, conflicts and stories we told were about basic things," he said. "We had stories about relationships, Christmas, arguments with parents, grades, marriage, and general cultural and generation gaps that exist in our lives.”
“I think especially in Indian culture, we are no longer just the random doctors and engineers. You have amazing people like Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsi, who are Indian. You have Indians in politics. You have Indians running companies, writing books and making films that win Academy Awards. Finally we have been appreciated and understood beyond just the stereotypes-- so I think it’s important diversity in television reflects that."
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