Way to go Poorna Jagannathan! My girl’s just scored a role on HBO’s drama series Criminal Justice. The A-list ensemble cast is headlined by James Gandolphini (of The Soprano’s fame) and also includes Riz Ahmed (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Bill Camp (Damages) and Peyman Moadi (A Separation).
The British show has been awarded BAFTA Awards for best drama and best writer, three Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy. The American adaptation of Criminal Justice is a New York-set crime drama (loosely based on Peter Moffat) in which Gandolfini will play an attorney who trolls NYC police precincts for desperate clients. In this series, Jagannathan will play Safar Khan, a Pakistani woman whose son is accused of committing a murder.
Poorna says, “This is one of the most incredible projects I’ve ever been a part of, everyone involved is best in class.Safar Khan is the polar opposite of my character in Delhi Belly! I’ve never played someone like her but the writing is so strong that it makes playing her feel like second nature. Her journey is a roller coaster, she goes from knowing her son is innocent to eventually thinking he might be guilty.”
You’ve seen Poorna in Delhi Belly opposite Imran Khan for which she won a Stardust award for “Best Supporting” and a L’Oreal Femina award for “Breakthrough Performance”. Her movie Peace Love & Misunderstanding alongside the legendary Jane Fonda released earlier this year and her new movie Thanks For Sharing by Oscar Nominee Stuart Blumberg will release end of this year. Thanks for Sharing is a dark comedy and Jagannathan will be seen in an ensemble cast alongside Tim Robbins, Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Gad.