Mindy Kaling's Brother Speaks Out on Pretending to be Black to Get into Med School
Mindy thinks her brother brought shame to the family, he says
It's a brother versus sister feud and it's said to be getting nasty.
Actress Mindy Kaling, star of the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project, is reportedly denouncing her own brother, Vijay Chokalingam, for a new book he is writing.
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He told INSIDE EDITION, "She said by publishing this book i would bring shame on the family."
On The Mindy Project, the actress plays an OB/GYN.
Now, her brother says she's less than thrilled that he applied to medical school by claiming he was black.
"I did it because I was desperate to get into medical school," he said.
Thirty-seven-year-old Vijay bears a striking resemblance to his celebrity sister. He altered his appearance by shaving his head and then claiming on his medical school application that he was a black man.
Also, as part of the deception, he also used his middle name Jo Jo. Why?
There was statistical evidence that an African-Amercian with my test score would was very likely to get into medical whereas an Indian-American applicant was unlikely to get in," he claimed.
He says his plan worked. He was accepted to St. Louis University School Of Medicine in 1999. His famous sister and family never knew of his scheme, and when he recently revealed it, he says, they were none too pleased.
Vijay said, "My family was not supportive."
He says a wedge grew between him and Mindy that now appears to be getting worse. Her publicist says the actress "has been estranged from her brother for years."
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On Vijay's Twitter page, he refers to himself as "Mindy Kaling's brother/nemesis."
"I love my sister to death but we don't see eye to eye," Vijay said.
St. Louis University told INSIDE EDITION in a statement: "Mr. Chokalingam was accepted into the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1999. His MCAT scores and science grade point average met SLU's criteria for admission at the time, and his race or ethnicity did not factor into his acceptance into the University."
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