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Going Places
Text by Arshad Said Khan
Published: Volume 16, Issue 11, November, 2008

Model-turned-actor Lavrenti Lopes lives his American dream

Lavrenti Lopes may not be the stuff of a Bollywood dreamboat but his desi boy-next-door look is clearly working his advantage in New York. The 25-year-old boy from Mumbai stars in David E Kelley’s serial Barely Legal as Nadir, acts in an off-Broadway production of Hamlet as Horatio, and is also a host on new American channel Pan Desi/Colors TV. Lopes, who came to the Big Apple to study acting at Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, became a model for Fords agency. Since then he has been seen in print ads for Zip Cars, Microsoft, Axe and Migros in Switzerland. There’s also an untitled sitcom with Jane Curtain and Jerry Stiller of Seinfeld in the works. As Nadir in Barely Legal, he essays a stereotypical Indian in New York. “He has a thick accent but the joke is on the American legal system. The show deals with the legal difficulties Nadir faces while suing an airline for racial prejudice.” Has he been a victim of racism himself? “Prejudices and preferences exist and will continue to. When you learn how to market yourself, you become less of a victim.”

 

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