South Asian lead shows and movies are becoming more common, but is it really representation for South Asian people? It’s been 15 years since Bend It Like Beckham and there has been no female South Asian led movie while there have been countless male leads. When these female characters do show up in movies or shows they are either used a punch line or as a prop to appease critics and meet some diversity criteria. So while South Asian males are getting their representation and stories being told, women are getting the brunt of the stick. How can we celebrate representation if it means brown women are being used as a joke?
I found this an interesting perspective, as being a guy, this was totally opaque to me. The compare/contrast between Master of None and The Mindy Project is also pretty insightful.