But if you read his memoir No Man’s Land or see his plays Sakina’s Restaurant and Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom you know he’s much more than that.
Mandvi takes the responsibility of portraying South Asian Americans as no laughing matter.
“There was this idea that I was suddenly representing a sector of society that was being underrepresented in the mainstream media, and speaking about it from a place of…as an immigrant,” Mandvi says in an extensive interview with NY1.
In his play Sakina’s Restaurant he portrays six South Asian characters in a one man show.
“That question is something that I’ve explored in my work for a long time: what is it to be a South Asian man in the west. It’s really what all my work deals with.”
You can watch Mandvi’s rather revealing and quite interesting interview on NY1.