Hollywood is not as free, liberal and diverse as it seems to be.
While Hollywood conveniently cast white actors for the role of Jesus or Moses and many other middle-eastern characters, they racially typecast all other races.
Indian-origin Hollywood actor Kal Penn tweeted pictures of the audition scripts, which he had received during the beginning days of his career in the film industry.
Found a bunch of old scripts from some of my first years trying to be an actor. pic.twitter.com/GydOwlUKGW— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017
The Indian character in the script is labeled in what can be termed as only ridiculously stereotyped terms.
Kal Penn is best known for his roles in How I Met Your Mother and Harold & Kumar movies.
Penn also said that lots of Indian characters in the television scripts are not named at all.
Oh wait yes they did pic.twitter.com/xwB3qIoXoF— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017
He recalled the time, when he was asked for a stronger Indian accent.
Jeez I remember this one! They were awful. "Can you make his accent a little more AUTHENTIC?" That usually meant they wanted Apu pic.twitter.com/3F5XRORO3n— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) March 14, 2017
"There are too many in this stack to tweet. I'll be here all day," he concluded.
Indian-origin actor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, who is well known for the hit TV series ‘Heroes’ was offended by seeing those scripts. And asked Penn for advice on how he could help to change the situation, to which he replied simply: “Write”.
Just because the show is funny in nature, an Indian-origin actor cannot be type casted so many times.
Kal Penn was also appointed as a public engagement adviser to former President Barack Obama.