I’ve noticed recently the popularity of Indian culture in the entertainment industry. From the success of “Slumdog Millionaire” to the fame of Mindy Kaling, Russell Peters and Aziz Ansari to the sitcom “Outsourced”, it would seem that hollywood loves India. But is that the case? Some would argue that to finally have “Indian” characters played by actual “Indian” actors is a step in the right direction. Because Ben Kingsley is part Indian we’ll forgive him for portraying Ghandi. But what can we say about Peter Sellers playing an Indian doctor in “Road to Hong Kong“? There must have already been established Indian actors burgeoning from Hindi cinema. It was several years ago that I was introduced by a good friend to the tragedy of Devdas, the hope of A Fine Balance and the elation of Butter Chicken. I’d like to think that I’ve evolved from being a “mainstream” aficionado of the Indian culture and am moving towards a deeper understanding of India. Or maybe not. The hope is that everything we are currently seeing on screen will help us become more educated about India beyond the stereotypes. Do you know the difference between Sikh’s and Hindu’s? Do you know the significance of wearing a turban? What exactly is curry? Why is calling someone a “Paki” derogatory? If watching Outsource doesn’t challenge our ignorance than maybe we should stop watching the show and meet someone from India. Their name may be hard to pronounce but don’t worry, because your name just might return the favour.