Kumail Nanjiani stars as Villainous Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee in new Hulu show
Known for his Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Comedy Film of 2017 The big tablecloth and for his role as Dinesh in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, Kumail Nanjiani will take on a more serious task. As serious as murder. The 44-year-old will play Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who founded a striptease empire at Hulu’s Welcome to Chippendales. In an interview published Thursday, Nanjiani said vanity lounge:
“It’s by far the hardest job I’ve ever done, in terms of the length of the shoot, the content of the scenes and the emotional difficulty of those scenes. It’s one of those things where I jumped into it. , and I believed it would reveal itself as it went on – and it did.”
The show’s writer, Robert Siegel, also spoke to vanity lounge:
“It was an opportunity to say a lot about the American dream, about capitalism, about assimilation and what it means to be American.”
Get a first look at Kumail Nanjiani and his comrades below:
Steve Banerjee’s Great American Dream Turns Into A Tragic Nightmare
Somen “Steve” Banerjee was an ambitious immigrant who saved enough money from his day job at a gas station to open a nightclub. From there, he tried various tricks, including women’s mud wrestling, to stand out. It would be a sexy male striptease routine, exclusively performed for women, that would be the lucrative niche in which he sought success. At one point, Banerjee teamed up with Paul Snider (played by Dan Stevens), who would go on to kill his Playboy Playmate wife, Dorothy Stratten (Nicola Peltz Beckham), and himself. However, Banerjee will soon be developing a more theatrical show with Emmy award-winning producer and choreographer Nick De Noia.
Unfortunately, the more Banerjee had, the more he resented and often clashed with everyone around him. He was accused of enlisting the help of Ray Colon, a former Palm Springs police officer and lounge entertainer, in a 1987 conspiracy against De Noia. And in 1990 and 1991, a plot to kill Michael Fullington, a former Chippendales dancer and choreographer, and two other former Chippendales dancers, whom Banerjee considered a competitor to the Chippendales franchise. Steve Banerjee pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire and reached a plea deal that would have led to 26 years in prison and the loss of his Chippendales share. He committed suicide in his prison cell in 1994.
Writer Robert Siegel had this to add in his interview with vanity lounge on Welcome to Chippendales:
“It hit a lot of my pleasure buttons. It was like scarface Where Freedmen Where Boogie nights. They are bad people doing bad things. But what sets it apart from another budding Martin Scorsese movie is that you take out Tony Montana and put in this nerdy, socially awkward Indian immigrant.
Welcome to Chippendales premieres later this year on Hulu.