A new podcast series, hosted by Keertana Sastry & Nikitha Menon — in partnership with Brown Girl Magazine — where we interview South Asians in Hollywood, on and off the screen.
These are the people who turned their *cue disapproving auntie voice* hobbies and passions into careers, and we ask them the question we’re all wondering: how the f*ck did you do it?!
In these times of tragedy and uncertainty, we need to find strength and optimism in our community and the art that gives us a reason to smile. We hope this podcast will be able to do just that.
Compose Your Own Story — Interview Siddhartha Khosla
Have you ever watched an emotional and engaging show and thought, "WOW, this hits me right in the heart"? Next time you watch an episode, listen to its music; the score of a series or film can either make for an incredible viewing experience, or break it completely. Thankfully this week's guest is a master of this very craft.
Our guest is Siddhartha Khosla who – in addition to having a kickass band, Goldspot – is a brilliant TV/film composer currently working on the hit NBC series "This Is Us." He talked to us about how his career in composition began, his parents' reaction to wanting to pursue music in general, his time in Penn Masala (fellow a cappella nerds, rejoice!) and how he creates the beautiful score to what is arguably network TV's best drama series.
A Quick Trip Across the Pond — Interview with Nish Kumar
This week's episode is a family reunion of sorts! Our guest is the extremely funny comedian Nish Kumar, host of the Quibi series "Hello, America." He also happens to be Nikki's cousin!
In this episode we touch on navigating a career in comedy (both in the UK & the US) and how Nish shared his passions and stand-up performances with his parents. Nish and Nikki's stories about their family will certainly warm your heart, and to date, this episode might be the most we've ever laughed!
And don't forget to check out Nish on "Hello, America." Streaming on Quibi RIGHT. NOW.
BONUS! Now Re-Playing: "Bride & Prejudice"
A romance novel with a Bollywood twist. Anu Malik composing songs in English. Ashanti.
"Bride & Prejudice" has all of this and more. The iconic 2004 film starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and directed by Gurinder Chadha is this month's entry for in our BONUS segment "Now Re-Playing." And our special guest is a GOOD one. Actress / Comedian Punam Patel joins our dissection of the "Pride and Prejudice" 2004 remake as we call out those cringe-tastic moments and appreciate the surprisingly good ones.
Business with Bae: Navigating Your Novel
We're back with an extra special Business with Bae episode featuring prolific writer and all around top-notch human being, Alisha Rai! Alisha is an expert of the contemporary romance novel. One of most recent books, The Right Swipe, was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Public Library, the Washington Post and Oprah Magazine, just to name a few.
We were so excited to get a deep dive into the literary world, her writing process and her experiences as a South Asian female author talking about romance in a love and sex-positive light. Alisha makes it easy to truly appreciate the importance of the written word.
Define, "Yourself" — Interview with Sujata Day & Ritesh Rajan
Creating your own film/TV content is just about one of the hardest, bravest things a filmmaker can do. And this week's guests on the pod are sure to sure to agree.
Sujata Day & Ritesh Rajan, join us to talk about their new film, "Definition Please," which Sujata directed, produced, wrote and stars in opposite Ritesh. They share career ups and downs and ways the South Asian arts community can better stick together, while Sujata inspires us with the badass journey of how she made her feature directorial debut.
Real Or No Deal — Interview with Smriti Mundhra
Don't deny it. You've binge-watched Netflix's new docu-series, "Indian Matchmaking." We definitely have and this week we had the chance to speak with the show's creator and non-fiction filmmaker extraordinaire, Smriti Mundhra!
Smriti talks working in the non-fiction space, her process of creating unforgettable content like St. Louis Superman, Indian Matchmaking and more, and how she feels about the criticism her Netflix series has received.
We're beyond impressed by how she appreciates the good and bad commentary she's received on the show, and how committed she is to continue creating incredible work that represents the South Asian and BIPOC communities.