Reshma Shetty in new USA TV Series

June 5th, 2009 - 7:48 pm ICT by GD  

Seen on stage previously as “Zelina” in Don Giovanni and “Musetta” in La Boheme, during her stint at the University of Kentucky Opera Theater, Reshma Shetty is all set to appear now in a new TV series titled Royal Pains, set to air Thursdays. The series premieres on June 4 2009 at 9pm on USA. She plays Divya Katdare, a physician and assistant to Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) on the show.

The show focuses on Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) who suffers a career setback and then moves on to being a private physician to the wealthy residents of the Hamptons. Reshma Shetty plays Divya Katdare, who is from a wealthy family, and wants to become his assistant. She talks her way into it, but keeps it under wraps from her family because she knows that they will not approve.

Reshma left the United Kingdom to come to the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music and played the lead role in “Bombay Dreams,” the musical of Oscar-winning Indian music director A. R. Rahman. Rahman won the Oscars this year for his score in Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire. ” The role of Priya in “Bombay Dreams” made her a known face and she stayed back in New York and debuted in her off-Broadway gig Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta Rafta and made a cameo appearance in 30 Rock. She is also the current face of the Dove cosmetic brand in India.

Speaking of her character on the show Reshma says that she wanted to play the character because it was not stereotypically Indian. She says, “You know, we went through a period of time when if you were of Asian descent, you would play a terrorist or you would play, you know, like, the 7-Eleven guy… And then really watch television now. You know, like, you have Sendhil who’s on Heroes. Then you can’t believe I forgot her name, but the girl on ER, you know, who’s smart and quirky and fun. And, you know, on The L Word, the lady who plays the Latino girl is Indian, too, you know.”

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