Kunal Nayyar is known across the globe for his depiction of Raj Koothrappali in ‘The Big Bang Theory’. His accent has made fans wonder if he’s Indian or if he’s just pretending to be one on the show.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ is one of CBS’ most successful comedy shows of all time. With 12 seasons spanning 279 episodes, the sitcom has stayed with fans for over a decade. The sitcom’s cast including Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are unforgettable names today.
- All about Raj Koothrappali, our favourite TBBT nerd
- Is Kunal Nayyar Indian, and is his accent real?
- What is the actor doing today?
The sitcom introduced us to Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowtiz, Leonard Hofstadter and Raj Koothrappali, a gang of misfit, genius nerds.
While Sheldon was a child prodigy and later a theoretical physicist, his roommate and best-friend Leonard was an experimental physicist. Howard was an engineer and Raj, an astrophysicist. There’s also Penny, the waitress who lived across the hall from Sheldon and Howard and eventually befriended the gang.
The series came to an end last year, after 12 years of science-fuelled humour and pop-culture references. The final chapter in the sitcom was a satisfying end for the characters viewers loved for so long. Everyone had the perfect ending except for, you know, Raj Koothrappali aka Kunal Nayyar.
Keep reading as we dive into Raj’s character and answer all your questions about Kunal Nayyar and his accent!
All about Raj Koothrappali, our favourite TBBT nerd
Most moments of hilarity that unravelled on ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ involved a certain astrophysicist we love dearly. Raj Koothrappali’s character was incredibly portrayed by Kunal Nayyar that made fans root for him all the way to the end! He never made desperate attempts to woo women, and was charming, at least, most of the time.
Through the first six seasons of the show, Raj suffered from selective mutism, which rendered him unable to speak to women. He could only hold a conversation with them after he had a drink, which didn’t always go as planned. Raj was sloppy after a single drink and would do the most atrocious things, for instance, stripping in a public place and without a woman’s consent.
His innocence and charm lasted a while before viewers started realising the flaws his character was built on. Unlike his best friends, Raj never finds an all-consuming type of love with someone he could potentially settle down with. The ending to his character’s story disappointed fans, who expected to see him find his lady love.
Is Kunal Nayyar Indian, and is his accent real?
Kunal Nayyar and his accent have been subject to discussion since the character first appeared in the series. Most fans were conflicted about his Indian accent since it came across as a heightened, stereotyped one, but it’s real!
Although the actor was born in London, UK, he returned to New Delhi, India while he was still young. The actor grew up in India and only returned to the United States to attend the University of Portland. He took acting classes while working on his degree, and bagged roles in theatre festivals, and only then decided to take up the profession.
Kunal Nayyar is a British-Indian citizen living in the United States, and his accent is certainly real. In fact, he even wrote a book about it!
What is the actor doing today?
‘The Big Bang Theory’ star is getting ready to join the new Apple TV+ thriller titled ‘Suspicion’. He was cast alongside Uma Thurman who will play the lead role. ‘Suspicion’ is based on the award-winning Israeli series titled ‘False Flag’, which centres on the aftermath of a kidnapping.
It’s Nayyar’s first television role outside the sitcom’s geeky theme and fans are excited to see him in a different light. There’s not much we know about his role in the series yet, but Uma Thurman will be seen as an American businesswoman whose 21-year-old son gets abducted from a hotel in New York City.
The actor recently revealed that he had returned to London to begin filming the series, which is expected to release next year. He shared a poignant message with his fans, expressing that he was humbled and grateful about working again.
“Incredibly humbled and grateful to return to shooting. I never forget where this journey began, all of my achievements have been because of great sacrifices from a lot of people, as well as the unmentioned angels that gave me numerous couches to sleep on, and encouraged me to dream big”, Nayyar wrote on Instagram.
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