Yo yo yo
All you sucka MC's ain't got nothin' on me
On my grades, on my lines you can't touch Kevin G
I'm a mathlete, a nerd is inferred
But forget what you heard I'm like James Bond the third
Sh-sh-shaken not stirred I'm Kevin Gnapoor
Anyone who has ever seen Mean Girls probably can't forget the iconic scene with a nerdy South Asian-looking mathlete rapping at a high school event. Kevin G, played by Canadian actor Rajiv Surendra, has a small but significant role in the popular movie that came out of nowhere in 2004 to attain cult status.
While the 28-year-old did not go on to become a star like other cast members Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, Surendra has led a fascinating life since the movie was released. The then-16-year-old decided to prepare for the lead role in Life of Pi, relocating to Pondicherry in India where the book's protagonist grows up, studying in the same high school, learning the mannerisms of young adults there, and starting a correspondence with the book's author Yann Martel. Yet, after six years of researching what he thought would be the role of a lifetime, he lost it to newcomer Suraj Sharma.
How does one recover from that kind of 'failure'? Surendra documented his journey from then to now, describing how he moved to Munich to become a nanny, learnt to be a potter, painter, calligrapher, and chalk artist, in his memoir Elephants In My Backyard. He has drawn the cover himself.
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