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Can Kumail Nanjiani's love story save the romantic comedy?

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/19/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Kong: Skull Island." Nanjiani and Gordon wrote the film, “The Big Sick,” which chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Kumail Nanjiani, left, and his wife Emily Gordon arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Kong: Skull Island." Nanjiani and Gordon wrote the film, “The Big Sick,” which chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kumail Nanjiani is glad he and his wife, Emily Gordon, wrote their lauded romantic comedy before anti-immigrant sentiment became so prevalent again.

Their film, "The Big Sick," chronicles their relationship from the start, when the Pakistan-born Nanjiani was trying to make it as a stand-up in Chicago, and Gordon was forced into a medically induced coma. Amazon plunked down $12 million for the Judd Apatow-produced film after its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

It's also a rarely seen snapshot of Muslim life in America, with intimate and comic scenes with Nanjiani's family. The "Silicon Valley" star says that after the election of Donald Trump, they would have felt pressure to make a political statement.

Instead, Nanjiani says, they "just wanted to make a movie about family and love."

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