The Cast

Bernard White as Anant Singh
A middle age East Indian man with a salt and pepper beard and moustache wearing a dark grey turban, a blue sport shirt and a grey T-shirt underneath Bernard White
(Anant Singh)

Veteran actor Bernard White starred in Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty and in the box office hits The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He has showcased his comedic skills in Gary Marshall’s Raising Helen and the independent film Sueno. A familiar face on the small screen, White has had reoccurring roles on numerous television series including 24, West Wing and Alias. An acclaimed stage actor, he played title roles in Joseph Papp’s The Death of Garcia Lorca and Sakharam Binder in New York City. He starred in Dogeaters at The La Jolla Playhouse, The Perfect Ganesh at The Odyssey and Queen of the Remote Control at East-West Players.

White founded Plymouth, an experimental theater company in Los Angeles, and is an artistic associate of Cornerstone Theatre. An American of Sri Lankan descent, White graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Michigan State University.

Kal Penn as Jagdesh Singh
A twenty-something East Indian man with short dark straight hair, he wears a taupe sport shirt, a white T-shirt underneath Kal Penn (credited as Kalpen Modi)
(Jagdesh Singh)

Kal Penn will be remembered for his hilarious roles as “Taj,” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, in the comedy National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, and as the title character in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. He can also be seen in Malibu’s Most Wanted, American Desi, and Son of the Mask. Featured in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, Penn is slated to play the lead role in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake directed by Mira Nair.

Penn trained extensively in theater in the New York metropolitan area and worked with the George Street Playhouse, The Atlantic Theatre Company, The New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts and Rutgers University’s Summer Arts Institute. He studied at the prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

Sakina Jaffrey as Nageena Singh
A middle age East Indian woman, her dark hair pulled back in a low bun, she wears a black shawl across her shoulders Sakina Jaffrey
(Nageena Singh)

Born in New York City, as a child Sakina Jaffrey danced with the Joffrey Ballet at City Center. She made her acting debut in high school performing in Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce at The Public Theater. Jaffrey has performed at numerous theaters in NYC and regionally including The Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she is a member, Classic Stage Company (CSC), Lincoln Center, The Apollo, The Actor's Theatre of Louisville and The George Street Playhouse. Among her favorite roles are Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, which she performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland, performed at the Kennedy Center.

A regular on NBC’s Third Watch, Jaffrey has several film and television credits, including Sex and the City and Law & Order. She starred in the comedic film Raising Helen and in Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate. Her film credits also include The Perfect Murder, Daylight, The Indian in The Cupboard, Chutney Popcorn, Cotton Mary, The Mystic Masseur, The Truth About Charlie and Revolution # 9.

Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney as Ranjit Singh
A young East Indian man, with short dark curly hair, he wears a khaki-colored sweatshirt, a bit of white undershirt showing at the collar
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney
(Ranjit Singh)

The versatile Te’Amir Sweeney is a musician, photographer and actor. Sweeney has been playing music all his life and has traveled with the Venice Dream Team youth group as a photojournalist since the age of six, traveling more than 100,000 miles taking photographs and playing music. His photos have been published in calendars and featured in exhibitions.

Sweeney has been seen in numerous commercials, music videos, on stage and in film. His film roles include The Scorpion King and Hidalgo. Currently he is part of a percussion group consisting of friends from his performing arts high school, Hamilton Music Academy. They play several different styles and traditions, mainly Afro-Brazilian as well as African and Afro-Cuban in venues throughout Los Angeles.

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