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Meanwhile, in his own New York Times profile published earlier this month, Aziz Ansari tells the interviewer, “When you think of the star of a movie or TV show, you don’t think of someone that looks like me.” And indeed, for nearly a century, Asian men in Hollywood have been primarily depicted as the antithesis of the ideal man — as meek and strange, almost never attractive and sexy.
Muslim men are rarely seen onscreen at all, unless they’re praying in some ominous montage and/or terrorizing someone in an action film.
For part of the season, viewers might be hoping that Dev will serendipitously reconnect with Sara, à la Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset, but alas, that fantasy never comes to be.
Instead, Dev pursues an equally dreamlike romance with an Italian woman named Francesca, whom we also meet in that first episode.
It’s the kind of sweet moment, heightened by the levity that surrounds it, that exists only in the best romantic comedies.
But what makes it especially notable here is the fact that Kumail is a Pakistani-American man, and when the camera cuts to his face receiving and then expressing love, it upends what we’re accustomed to seeing in most classic movie romances.
It features a dreamlike encounter between Ansari’s Dev and a British woman named Sara, who is black (played by Clare-Hope Ashitey).
They meet-cute at a restaurant, have a great day, and she gives him her number.
Unfortunately, Dev’s phone is stolen soon after, and he loses the chance to meet up with Sara again.
There’s a notion that comedies like Allen’s — which Ansari praises for being “driven by point of view” rather than appearance — opened doors for unconventionally attractive men to step into the romantic lead (such as Rogen).
But the vast majority of romantic comedies are still about white people, and most are still made by white men.