The exchange ends in a moment where Ravi answers the phone
because his friend is lactating due to some protein powder he is
taking. The very serious topic becomes a flippant series of remarks
tossed off in the conversation rather than a lasting conversation,
or even a stronger punctuation in the narrative, and bigger
opportunity for reflection.
I understand that the show creators want to make the
exchange funny. It is a comedy, of course, but the tricky part is
finding the correct balance between the comedic interludes and the
conversations Dev has about important themes. Viewers listen in
on very real thoughts that I am certain Ansari has had about his
roles in show business, and these insights must be handled with
extreme care so that the subject matter does not get overshadowed
by a comedic moment. In this episode, the serious conversation
about authentic Indian representation on television is
overshadowed by a weird moment about a random man who is
lactating. With that conversation, the show acknowledges the
dominant ideology, that Indians on television should be isolated to
convenience store owners and taxi drivers with funny accents. The
episode subverts that dominant ideology by having Dev and Ravi
converse about that topic and critique that ideology. Then,
unfortunately, the show undermines that ideology when Ravi ends
the conversation to help his lactating friend, leaving Dev sitting in
the coffee shop looking as if the conversation never happened.
Dev then auditions for a role in a show called “3 Buddies,”
a situation in which he and Ravi are both up for a part. The casting
agents like both Dev and Ravi, but they cannot cast both because
according to an email sent out, if there were two Indian guys on a
television show together, it would become an Indian show. Dev
makes the point that there are two White actors on a television
show all the time, and it is called a show, not a White show. The
casting directors want Dev to do a funny Indian accent as part of
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