In Short

**NBC may be turning its hit sitcom The Office into an hour-long show, according to Fortune magazine (source). Mindy Kaling writes for the show (she also plays the character Kelly Kapoor). Read about her and other desi American scriptwriters here.

**SCOTLAND has just welcomed its first-ever parliament member of South Asian descent. Bashir Ahmad made history earlier today, becoming a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Mohammad Asghar also entered the history books this week, when he was elected to the Welsh Assembly—the first time a desi representative has won the vote. Ashgar, a Peshawar-born accountant, was described as being “overcome with emotion” over the announcement. “I will be serving with my heart and soul for the ethnic minorities which are an integral part of the United Kingdom and Wales,” said Ashgar who is called “Oscar” by fellow Party-members (Oscar? Really?).

**IRFAN KHAN impressed movie-goers with his performance in The Namesake. Now he’s back in A Mighty Heart, a new film based on the true story of the late WSJ journo Daniel Pearl and his wife Mariane. Khan plays a police officer in the movie, which also stars Angelina Jolie and the UK’s Archie Panjabi.

The film was shot in Pune, India. The trailer premiered on The Today Show yesterday. Watch it here and tell us what you think:

May 4, 2007
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