Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American, could never in his wildest dreams imagine that one day he would be a leading actor in a Hollywood movie. But this is what has happened as the 39-year-old comedian landed his first acting role and that too as the lead, in a romantic-comedy movie called ‘The Big Sick’.
The movie is set to hit cinemas on June 23, and it is based on the real-life story of the comedian who grew up in an extremely conservative family and later fell in love with his American wife, Emily Gordon.
The movie also shows how Nanjiani’s parents initially try to set him up with an arranged marriage and fail in their attempts. The movie also shows how Nanjiani is forced to build a relationship with his wife’s parents when she falls gravely ill. The movie is filled with quirky, funny and relatable scenes and is sure to be a hit among the crowds.
Nanjiani and Gordon co-wrote the script and had filmed the movie long before Trump became the president, but the travel-ban imposed by the current regime and the difficulties which Muslims are facing, has given a boost to the film.
“Obviously it would be great if our movie came out and people didn’t see it as a political statement because it really isn’t. It is just a love story and a comedy,” Nanjiani was quoted as saying by Variety at the Los Angeles premiere.
The movie was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival and its distribution rights were acquired by Amazon for a reported $12 million, which is termed as being one of the biggest deals in Sundance history.