Will this true-life love story save the romantic comedy?

2017-06-20 13:29
 

New York— Kumail Nanjiani is glad he and his wife, Emily Gordon, wrote their lauded romantic comedy before anti-immigrant sentiment became so prevalent again.

Their film, The Big Sick, chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago, and Gordon was forced into a medically induced coma. Amazon plunked down $12m for the Judd Apatow-produced film after its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

It's also a rarely seen snapshot of Muslim life in America, with intimate and comic scenes with Nanjiani's family. The "Silicon Valley" star says that after the election of Donald Trump, they would have felt pressure to make a political statement.

Instead, Nanjiani says, they "just wanted to make a movie about family and love."

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