The portrayal of Indians has been more or less stereotypical in the American soaps. According to the American soap operas, the Indians are first of all very average-looking, second they are either geeky or socially awkward or just bizarre and finally Indians always have a typical sing-song accent. And this entire dump gets very annoying for the modern Indian people. A series like Quantico not just gets appreciated in India because there is Priyanka Chopra but also because she has decent accent, is spectacular looking and is shown as a modern, liberated woman. Her character, Alex Parrish in Quantico resonates well with the Indian audience. We finally have a show presenting us in the proper light but there had been shows in the past, where Indian had been projected poorly. Here are some of those shows:
Outsourced is a set in call center in Mumbai and the story revolves around Indians working in that call center. There is a character called Rajiv, who is not really the main boss but one of the main persons in the office and he likes to boss around, shouts and order about. Then there is Gupta, who has characteristic Indian accent. Shy and soft-spoken Madhuri gets easily scandalised and is conservative.
The Big Bang Theory
Kunal Nayyar is called Raj Koothrappali in the very famous show, ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Raj is a stereotypical brown guy with that typical Indian accent. His inability to speak to women and his constant pursuit of trying to escape arranged marriage forced by his bossy parents is well reflected in the shows. He also proudly reveals that India is loud with so many people everywhere.
The Simpsons has multitude of characters and so there has to be a typical Indian in every big party. This character called Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is the corner shop owner with broken English, bizarre religious practices, illegal immigration status and a penchant for cheating customers.