Indian-American actor Kal Penn, who served in the Barack Obama administration, feels most Americans don’t agree with Republicans’ presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s racist views.
“I seriously believe that most of the Americans don’t agree with Donald Trump over his racist, anti-women, anti-LGBT practices. We are not that country. Hopefully, elections will prove that,” Penn, who was associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement from 2009 to 2011, said at the “Cultural Connections in U.S.-India Relations” at the American Center here.
Trump, who is expected to clash with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in November, has been opposed by peoples and critics, and often been tagged “anti-immigrant”, “misogynist”, “racist” and “worse”.
During the event, Penn’s 2007 film “The Namesake”, which also stars Bollywood actors Irrfan Khan and Tabu, was screened.
Sharing his experience about campaigning for Obama, Penn said that it would not “weird” for him to shift from acting to politics.
“For me it was an honor to get a chance to serve for your country,” said Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi, and is best known for his role of Kumar Patel in the popular “Harold & Kumar” film franchise. He has also appeared on TV shows like “House”, “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Brain Theory”.
Penn is in India for the shooting of Guneet Monga’s upcoming project “The Ashram”.
With Ben Rekhi as the director, the film is an English-language spiritual fantasy thriller set in the mystical world of Himalayan yogis. “The Ashram” also features Melissa Leo, Sam Keeley, Hera Hilmar and Radhika Apte.
Talking about Indian cinema, Penn said he is more inclined towards watching off-beat films, that too of Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan.
He also said that loved watching 2013 film “Mere Dad Ki Maruti”.