The Big Bang Theory on CBS premiered in 2007 and ran until 2019. Actor Kunal Nayyar is best known for playing astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali, who is said to be based on a computer programmer whom Bill Prady, the show’s co-creator, knew when he was a programmer.

One of the most well-known sitcoms of all time, The Big Bang Theory drew more than 18 million viewers for its season finale, which took place after Jim Parsons, who played Sheldon Cooper on the show, announced his decision to depart. Nayyar also expressed his feelings at the abrupt end of the show just because Parsons decided to leave.

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Kunal Nayyar thought the ending of The Big Bang Theory was beautiful

When the final season of The Big Bang Theory premiered in 2019, fans had raised concerns over the fact that the show that was so popular and successful was abruptly coming to an end after the lead actor Jim Parsons announced that he would be leaving the show for various reasons.

Kunal Nayyar was asked about his thoughts on the show’s end, to which he said that he thought it was a beautiful way to end the sitcom. He said,

“I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of going on without the whole ensemble — and the whole ensemble is why we succeeded. In pulling it apart and re-approaching it as a fraction of what it was, it just never felt right to me. I’ve seen other shows try and fail to take a character out of their realm and carry on.”

Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg
Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg

The actor acknowledged the fact that the fans pointed out that his character couldn’t find his person till the end of the show, stating that he never stopped. Nayyar added,

“The idea is that the show continues. We, as the audience, finally say goodbye to the guys, but the guys wake up the next morning, and they go to work and they get Chinese food on Monday and Raj still probably stumbles. I think it’s a beautiful, beautiful way to end.”

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Kunal Nayyar was the ‘chill’ and most ‘approachable’ person on set

An extra who had been on the show shared on Reddit about their experience of working on the show, adding that even though the entire cast of the show had been very friendly and grateful to be there, Kunal Nayyar was the most approachable person on set. They wrote,

“Kunal was the most approachable and chill. I messed up a cross once, which resulted in him walking into a chair to avoid me while filming and he was so cool about it. I apologized profusely and he was like “Dude, hi five. No worries.” So completely cool. He could’ve been a diva and I maybe wouldn’t have ever come back but he was so friendly.”

Back in 2010, when Nayyar was asked about his character’s love life on the show, especially after his girlfriend Claire disappeared towards the end of season nine, he said,

Kunal Nayyar and Kaley Cuoco
Kunal Nayyar and Kaley Cuoco

“I don’t know if he’ll actually ever find love. Plus, I wonder, what’s fun than seeing these guys fail? That’s the essence of comedy. I think they’ll succeed at being friends, but not with women.” In addressing the awkwardness Raj feels while chatting with his potential love interest, the actor said,

“I don’t think we’ll ever see him get over it, which I always wondered about in the beginning. ‘How will we continue to do this,’ but the writers are amazing.”

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Kunal Nayyar’s drama Suspicion axed by Apple TV+

Based on the Israeli drama False Flag, Suspicion featured Kunal Nayyar as a London man whose life as a carpet ship carpenter is turned upside down. After a brief trip to New York City, he finds himself being accused of being involved in a kidnapping plot. The network has, however, decided not to continue the show, which also starred Uma Thurman, Lydia West, Elyes Gabel, Mandeep Gill, and more.

Big Bang Theory actor Kunal Nayyar
Big Bang Theory actor Kunal Nayyar

Nayyar said at the time, “When Chris Long, who directed and showrunner, brought this to me as a potential for me to be in this, I watched False Flag then and I instantly loved it. And I really, really have been a big fan of Chris Long because he did The Americans for FX, which I was a big fan of, so it all came to sort of fruition that way.”

Suspicion season 1 is available on Apple TV+

Source: The Things

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