Meet Hollywood actor and TV star Tiya Sircar. We caught up with her at this year’s Cinequest film festival in Silicon Valley. She was here for the world premiere of her new film “Miss India America.”

A couple of years ago Sircar spent time in Silicon Valley filming for “The Internship.” Naturally one of the first questions we asked was about her role as an Indian-American nerd at Google. What was it like to film inside Google headquarters or Googleplex as it is know?  Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan play 30+ interns at Google this film.

What was it like to work for  “Miss India America,” where she plays the central character of Lily Prasad, an intense and driven young Indian American woman who has her entire life charted in her “Lily Plan.” Sircar shares she normally gets to play “ethnically ambiguous role,” and in general does not get to explore the familial dynamics of a South Asian community in her film or TV projects. So playing an Indian American was a change for her she says. “I kind of felt a kinship with Lily Prasad,” she adds.

We then switched gears to find out what changes she sees in Hollywood for South Asian actors?  For example, how has the emergence of Mindy Kaling changed the perception of South Asian actors in the entertainment industry? Kaling writes and stars in “The Mindy Project,” a very successful TV show. Sircar says she sees tangible changes and maybe it is because of “The Mindy Project.” Kaling is funny, smart and empowered and writes her own material. “She is the whole package,”” she says and that has opened up the possibility of playing a South Asian lead. Roles are specifically being written for Indian American and we are “right on the brink of pushing those barriers and hopefullyyou don’t have to ask this question in 5 or 10 years,” Sircar says.

“Bollywood or Bengali films?” was our final question. You will have to tune in to find the answer.

Sircar has acted in films like “The Internship” (2013) and  “Friends With Benefits” (2011) and on TV shows like  “Star War Rebles,” “Vampire Diaries,” “Witches of East End,” and “The Crazy One.”

Bollywood or Bengali films?

The Kamla Show Highlights: San Jose Museum of Art, Tiya Sircar and Kosha Patel Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India

Art and films – that is what we are talking about with our guests in our upcoming interviews. Sherill Ingalls of San Jose Museum of Art talks about their current exhibit “Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India” that features 9 contemporary artists from India.

Actors Tiya Sircar and Kosha Patel talk about their new film “Miss India America,” and how they got started as actors. Both are based in Los Angeles now.

VIDEO: “Miss India America’s” Meera Simhan and Ravi Kapoor

Miss India America” had its world premiere at the recently concluded Cinequest film festival in Silicon Valley. This humorous film examines the notion of ambition and the lengths to which we go to achieve our dreams. The film and the cast members got standing ovation from the audience.

We spoke with Meera Simhan and Ravi Kapoor, the husband and wife team, who made “Miss India America.” We spoke about the film and had to ask a couple of  mandatory Bollywood questions. This is Kapoor’s directorial debut film. Kapoor and Simhan are that rare combination of of actor/producer/writer rolled into one.