A new American drama streaming television miniseries called Welcome to Chippendales will be released. The creator of Chippendales, Somen “Steve” Banerjee, is played by Kumail Nanjiani in the film. It will debut toward the end of 2022. 
On television, Kumail Nanjiani is bringing the bizarre and occasionally gory tale of the Chippendales.
The 44-year-old actor plays Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who started the male-stripping industry, in Hulu’s upcoming Welcome to Chippendales, which will air later this year.
In an interview with Vanity Fair that was published on Thursday, Nanjiani said, “This is by far the toughest job I’ve ever done, in terms of the duration of the shoot, the subject of the scenes, and emotional intensity of those parts.” It’s one of those situations where I just dove in, believing that it will become clear as I went, and it did.
Banerjee launched a nightclub and experimented with many gimmicks before settling on his niche. He had his sights set on achieving the American dream. One day, the joke Banerjee was seeking turned out to be a successful male striptease routine only done for ladies. The pioneer of its sort, Chippendales is still active today and has grown to provide Broadway-style burlesque performances at its main location in Las Vegas and throughout the world.
However, Banerjee’s reputation is clouded by scandal in addition to dancers. Banerjee committed suicide in his prison cell hours before he was to be convicted in 1994 for orchestrating the death of his business partner, Emmy-winning director, and choreographer Nick De Noia, in 1987.
Additionally, he was charged with planning to murder former Chippendale dancers who he reportedly viewed as threats. The series, according to Nanjiani, “spans 15 years from the beginning, all through [the Chippendales] boom, to sort of when it began being less popular,” adding that “there’s a lot of twists and turns” in it.
Because the character was so dark, the actor, who is more known for playing funny roles in Silicon Valley and The Big Sick, had to alter his approach to the job. The Eternals actor may have gone further than he planned in “method acting” in search of his character’s actual essence. A few months into the production, “I started feeling this back discomfort, this terrible knot,” Nanjiani told the publication. “It got worse and worse, and the ache would travel up to my ear from there.”
When asked why the role would frequently accompany him home while filming, the Pakistani-born actor stated, “The body doesn’t know the difference between you doing a sad scene and you being very unhappy in real life.” I had never performed this type of work.
In the new series, Nanjiani co-stars with Annaleigh Ashford as Somen’s wife, Murray Bartlett, who was nominated for an Emmy for his work on White Lotus, as Robin de Jess from De Noia, Tick, Tick… Boom!, and Juliette Lewis as a customer who instantly takes a shine to Chippendales. Dan Stevens, Philip Shahbaz, and Nicola Peltz Beckham are some of the other actors on the show.
With such a talented group, Nanjiani seized the chance to pick their brains. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Nanjiani said, “I talked to [the cast] a lot about approaching specific moments, specific emotions, how to turn things off, how to snap in, and how to snap out.
He went on, “Working with excellent individuals has its benefits, such as these. You can learn so much from them.”
In response to Vanity Fair’s inquiry about Siegal’s perception of Nanjiani in such a different capacity, the actor stated, “I love standup comedians as dramatic actors because they usually have tortured souls and it finds its way out, somewhere in the performance.”
Jenni Konner, a co-showrunner, remarked to the source, “It was remarkable to see [Nanjiani] perform this type of work, which is not his strong suit. The dedication to the part truly astounded me.”
Along with his leading role, Nanjiani also acts as the show’s executive producer with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, Chris Parker, and Dylan Sellers of Limelight, as well as writers Rajiv Joseph and Mehar Sethi. The show’s co-showrunners are Siegel and Konner, and Shakman will act as the show’s director. Co-executive producers Jacqui Rivera and Annie Wyman are also the producers.
Hulu has not yet provided a Welcome to Chippendales release date.
First look released by Disney plus
Check out the first image from Disney+’s upcoming real crime drama series Welcome to Chippendales, which follows the tale of Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani), an Indian entrepreneur who became the improbable founder of the male-stripping dynasty the Chippendales.
Who will be joining the Cast?
The cast of Welcome to Chippendales also includes Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis, Annaleigh Ashford, Quentin Plair, and Robin de Jess in addition to Kumail Nanjiani.
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