Kumail Nanjiani is an Oscar-nominated writer and critically acclaimed actor and comedian.
As co-writers, he and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for “The Big Sick,” in which Nanjiani starred alongside Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan, and Ray Romano. Premiering to tremendous acclaim at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the film was released by Amazon in Summer 2017, becoming one of the breakout hits of the year.
“The Big Sick” went on to be named one of the AFI’s Top Films of the Year and to win the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Comedy, the Hollywood Film Award for Comedy Ensemble of the Year and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Additionally, it has earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Producer’s Guild Award nomination, two SAG Award nominations including for Best Ensemble, Writer’s Guild and Gotham Award nominations for Original Screenplay, as well as recognition from numerous other critic’s groups across the country.
As an actor, Nanjiani also earned praise for his leading performance. He earned the Virtuoso Award from the esteemed Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Auteur Award at the San Diego International Film Festival, and was named one of VARIETY’s 10 Actors to Watch and honored at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival.
This March, Nanjiani reprises his starring role as ‘Dinesh’ on season five of the Emmy Award- winning HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley”, opposite Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr and Zach Woods. Over the years, the series has won two Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Comedy Series and been named one of the AFI’s TV Programs of the Year.
Nanjiani recently attached himself as actor and writer for an upcoming TV adaptation of “My Beautiful Laundrette” being developed at Turner-owned Super Deluxe. Alec Berg and Hanif Kureishi will executive produce with Stephen Gaghan. The serialization will be based on the Oscar-nominated 1985 indie film, which revolved around a young British man of Pakistani heritage and his white boyfriend, a former gang leader, who take on running a London laundromat owned by the British-Pakistani man’s uncle. The film was lauded for its portrayal of the gay and immigrant communities. Nanjiani will co-write and star.
Nanjiani’s many memorable film roles include “Fist Fight,” “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” “Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Sex Tape” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” and “Central Intelligence.” His vocal talents were also recently heard voicing one of the ninja warriors in “The Lego Ninjago Movie” from Warner Bros.