Kumail Nanjiani, the Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor, has received a prestigious nomination for the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards. He has been recognized in the category of ‘outstanding lead actor in a limited series or a movie’ for his role in the Disney+ series Welcome to Chippendales.
The 2023 Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on September 18 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The nominees were revealed during a live virtual ceremony on July 12 by Emmy-nominated actress Yvette Nicole Brown and Television Academy Chair Frank Scherma.
Nanjiani’s portrayal of Indian American Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the unlikely founder of Chippendales, has earned him critical acclaim. The biographical true crime drama delves into the insane, darkly comedic, and crime-ridden story behind the iconic male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.
In addition to Nanjiani’s nomination, Padma Lakshmi, the Indian American chef, author, model, and television host, received recognition for her contributions. Lakshmi earned a nomination for hosting the 20th season of the popular Bravo cooking series Top Chef. She also secured a nomination in the Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series Or Special category for her Hulu show Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi.
Expressing her excitement on Instagram, Lakshmi shared her gratitude for the nominations. She stated, “It’s really nice to finish my time at Top Chef with a nice nomination for the show, as well as one for me as host. I am so excited that you guys have acknowledged both my shows, and especially ‘Taste the Nation’ which, as you know, is just my baby. Thank you everybody on both crews who helped me put those shows on. Thank you so, so much.”