“I Feel Grateful To Have This Opportunity”: Anisha Ramakrishna On Introducing Bravo Viewers To The Indian-American Community In Family Karma
Bravo viewers have been introduced to the Indian-American community in Miami, Florida, with the recent premiere of Family Karma.
The docuseries follows the lives of 7 dynamic members of the community and their complicated relationships with their family, giving viewers a sneak peek into how they’ve managed to mix tradition with modern American values.
Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with a few of the cast. First up is Anisha Ramakrishna, who in just a few episodes has made her mark as one of the more level-headed members of the hilarious group.
As the first few episodes have shown, Anisha has moved home and is now back to living with her parents, after years of a more independent life in New York City.
Hi Anisha! We have so much to chat about, I’m hoping we can dive right in. This is the first docuseries to feature an all Indian-American cast. How does it feel?
It’s pretty amazing. The response has been incredible. We knew we had a great show with real stories but I will say all of us are overwhelmed by the support from the viewers. I feel grateful to have this opportunity.
As you explained in the show’s premiere, everyone knows everyone but you are closest to Vishal. Can you talk a little bit about the dynamics within the group?
You will definitely see a different dynamic amongst the “elders” in the group, those of us in our 30s and 40s. We are all at that age where we are technically “aunties” and “uncles” but most of us have never been married and don’t have kids.
In addition to your friendship with Vishal, we also got to meet your mom and dad and the show arguably features the parents almost as much as the children.
What was the reaction from the Indian community in Miami when they first heard about the show?
We are so grateful to our parents for participating in the show because we come from a very conservative culture. The community has been supportive of all our families.
However, I will say initially there was a lot of “advice” given about how we would be portrayed badly and “these shows are scripted.”
Unfortunately or fortunately for us, I can say Family Karma is not scripted.
What has the response been now that the show has started?
Everyone in our community has been great and we are just in awe of how many people have actually watched the show and have reached out to us.
I’ve been told it’s very rare for a new show to get so much positive feedback. We are all trying our best to enjoy this moment.
Anisha Ramakrishna and her group of friends star on Bravo’s newest show Family Karma. (Photo: Tommy Garcia / Bravo)
You’ve moved from New York City back home to Miami to focus on your clothing line, but I saw that you also had a food blog in the past. Have you always had an entrepreneurial side?
I actually have an MBA in finance and have started three businesses in my life.
In high school, I would buy accessories on my family trips to India and then I would come back and sell them out of the trunk of my car. I also think we all come from entrepreneurial immigrant families so it’s practically in our DNA. We have seen our parents work hard and start successful businesses.
Can you tell me a little bit about your clothing line?
My clothing line is size-inclusive. We range from a size 0 to a size 32 which is almost unheard of in the fashion industry. Our dresses are also eco-conscious and I will be launching the collection later this spring.
The premiere left us with a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of the drama and we saw from the second episode that things are just beginning to heat up.
What can we expect from the rest of the season?
This takes me back to your questions about the dynamics in our group. You will definitely see all the different relationships and because we are Indian our friendships also heavily involve our families.
As Vishal said, “we have arranged friendships.”
Family Karma airs Sundays at 9/8c on Bravo.