The network (and production company) that broke barriers with the docuseries about Iranian-American friends (Shas of Sunset) is about to cause a little more buzz. Bravo is about to premiere Family Karma (courtesy of Truly Original) follows a group of young Indian-American friends who are managing to balance their careers, social lives and interwoven familial/friend ties simultaneously.
reports that the show will follow the lives of first-generation immigrants Bali Chainani, Monica Vaswani, Brian Benni, Anisha Ramakrishna, Amrit Kapai, Vishal Parvani and Shaan Patel, who have been living in Miami since their parents emigrated from India.
The cast showcases a stunning group of friends who showcase how closely they hold their deep cultural roots and traditions, as much as they do their strong familial ties. The show also features the “aunties”, who sometimes get together to dish on their children’s personal lives and as the trailer indicates, to surprising and sometimes hilarious, results.
The cast includes:
Ramakrishna recently moved back in with her parents after spending over 10 years in the cutthroat fashion industry. While she is focused on carrying on her family legacy of entrepreneurship, her parents continue to focus on her single status in hopes of her settling down.
Benni is a playboy whose parents have always wanted him to settle down with a nice Indian girl. When he starts seeing his best friend and wing woman, Vaswani, in a whole new light, he worries that his window has passed and he’s been friend-zoned.
Speaking of Vaswani, after spending most of her life trying to be the “perfect Indian girl” to make up for the stigma of her parent’s divorce, she’s ready to start sticking up for herself, much to Brian and her friends surprise.
Having weathered two divorces, glamorous single mom Chainani straddles the line of hanging out with her friends in their 20s and 30s, while maintaining relationships with their mothers. Now in a serious relationship with her long-distance boyfriend, she is hoping that the third time’s a charm.
Self-admitted “man-child” Parvani has been engaged for five years, but is living at home until they finally get married. Ready to make their engagement official in the eyes of Indian culture, he needs the approval of his intimidating soon-to-be mother in law to plan the traditional ring ceremony as the next step on their way to marriage.
And Patel, the youngest and super ambitious member of the group, has already started his own business and moved in with his girlfriend. Will he surprise everybody and be the first in the group to get married and start a family?
One cast member that is going to get a great deal of attention is Amrit Kapai,
the smoldering thirty two year old who came out to his family at twenty five (after one too many cocktails). Kapai has recently moved back from Chicago and is now growing a branch of his Chicago law firm in Miami. Chicago also still is where his traditionally Midwestern boyfriend Nicholas resides, and whether or not he and Amrit are able to remain committed to each other with the distance between them will be a closely watched storyline.
Family Karma debuts March 8th on 9/8c (check local listings)