Accolades / Pilot
Oh, You're Too Kind
"The writer has a gift for storytelling."
- Austin Film Festival, 2022
"...the writer showcases a knack for deft, succinct comedic storytelling. Our quick transitions through Ajay's early life establish who he is as a person, and the writer hardly misses a chance to mine that quick character growth for comedy...Dr. Reddy is particularly well utilized as a character...the writer's skill in writing dialogue makes those scenes feel organic and emotionally grounded...strong satirical angle"
"...very funny, very often...hilarious cutaways...Ajay is a perfectly engaging and charming lead. This seems to have a real knowledge of medical school teachings. Ajay is fully depicted as a true free spirit, and that is refreshing to see in a show about the rather buttoned-up world of medical school. Most importantly, Ajay is successfully painted as a free-spirit, nothing stilted or manufactured about his boisterous attitude and the generousness behind it, as he banters with his colleagues. This achieves not an easy feat in making Ajay's stand-up material very worthy of the vocation. The stand-up Ajay is made to say, as well as Dr. Reddy, feels like real-world worthy stand-up routines. This relates directly to the fact that this piece is often very funny, and it knows its way around a joke. Ajay is a fully realized character, one who shows different sides to himself throughout, whether working alone, going on a scintillating date, or shaking at the PTSD of past intolerance"
While at first glance the premise may appear simple and straightforward as we follow an Indian-American as he navigates his expectations and his dream aspirations, trying to balance medicine with comedy, “Off Color” brings a nuanced and endearing character-driven story that is fueled by its strong protagonist in Ajay and stellar dialogue. The writer does a solid job of immersing us into Ajay’s upbringing and life as right off the bat, we get a great montage sequence that sets the foundation for who Ajay is and what his father expects from him as the two sides of him grow in terms of his passion for comedy and the external forces that push him into medicine. A huge reason why Ajay and the concept work so well is because of the dialogue and how natural and organic it comes across. It escalates the minor interactions as just the exchange between Ajay and the other students with the cadaver at the start is infectiously fun and entertaining but what really takes the cake are the scenes with Ajay and Dr. Reddy as the fact that she challenges him but also shares a similar ethos with the fact she pursued comedy too is a rather interesting dichotomy for the series. The writer showcases their voice well as the comedy is fresh but we also have a good dramatic story on our hands.