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'Miss India America' takes a page from Hollywood's South Asian film community

'Miss India America' takes a page from Hollywood's South Asian film community

In casting the main protagonist in their upcoming comedy, "Miss India America," the filmmakers had a pretty specific female character in mind.

"We were looking for an Indian Reese Witherspoon," said the movie's director and co-writer, Ravi Kapoor. "'Election' was one of our touchstones."

"Miss India" is unique in that virtually all the cast and crew on it are South Asian Americans. And Kapoor and co-writer Meera Simhan — also his wife — needed to find their Tracy Flick, which they did in lead Tiya Sircar, who plays Lily Prasad, a high-achieving, competition-crushing school valedictorian on the fast track to Harvard. Prasad is...

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