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Mohinder Suresh Is Hero

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The much-hyped new NBC Monday Night series Heroes launching Sept 25, includes the character of Mohinder Suresh (played by Sendhil Ramamurthy), an Indian geneticist professor at the University of Madras turned New York cabbie on the hunt for answers to the murder of his academically renowned father, who disappeared from India after announcing a globally transforming event.

Heroes is a massive ensemble drama around seemingly ordinary people with supernatural powers. According to the production tease: "They thought they were like everyone else... until they woke with incredible abilities. In Japan, a lowly office worker can teleport at will. In New York, a struggling artist can paint the future. In Los Angeles, a discontented beat cop can hear the thoughts of others. Elsewhere, a high school cheerleader discovers she is unbreakable and a single mom realizes she has a powerful alter ego. Heroes chronicles the lives of these people and the lives of others like them - whose destiny just might be saving humankind."

For Ramamurthy, who since 2001has played bit roles in such films as Blind Guy Dating, Numb3rs, Dirty Bomb, Grey's Anatomy, My Sexiest Mistake, etc., this is a major character role on primetime television.

Curiously, Ramamurthy, who was born and grew up in Chicago to Tamilian physician parents, has to fake a desi accent for his part.
Phir bhi, chalta hai.

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Odds & Ends | Magazine | October 2006

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