18 May 2009
25-year-old South African actor Adhir Kalyan was the best thing about the best new (and cancelled) show of the 2007-2008 TV season, Aliens in America. As Raja, the Pakistani exchange student who turns the Tolchuk family’s life upside down, Kalyan was consistently charming and unparalleledly engaging. Now, as David Spade’s deadpan and ambitious assistant Timmy on CBS’s Rules of Engagement, Kalyan is once again a joy to watch. Rules is a sweet but unremarkable show as a whole, but the introduction of Timmy has brought it to a new level. With his adorable accent and perfect comic timing, Kalyan is a gem of an actor. Here’s hoping Timmy sticks around and there’s much more of my beloved Adhir Kalyan to come; this kid should be a superstar.