Bali Chainani has bittersweet feelings about the return of “Family Karma.”
The reality star is excited for the show about nine young Indian American friends trying to navigate life, friendship, careers and family to return, but she is having a hard time celebrating as her loved ones in India are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had such a great party for Season 1 and then the world shut down,” she told Page Six in a recent interview. “So we want to be mindful to what’s happening. We also want to be super-mindful to what’s happening to our friends and family in our own country in India right now. So whatever we do plan, we want to be sensitive to everybody involved and make sure that we are able to give back.”
She added that the cast plans to have a charity event at some point in the future to help benefit their community.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that a highly contagious COVID-19 variant that first emerged in India is quickly spreading throughout the United States, as more than 28 million cases have been confirmed in the South Asian country.
Chainani affirmed, “We’re in this together and we need and want India to know that while we celebrate, we suffer with them.”
She teased that while the upcoming season will be filled with plenty of fashion and drama — saying, “it’s been such a challenging, emotional rollercoaster” — she is grateful for her platform on Bravo to spread awareness of what is going on in the world.
“We are extremely lucky and blessed to have this opportunity and be on this platform,” she said. “And, you know, while there are dark times, we’re hopeful that we make our family and friends globally proud.”
“Family Karma” Season 2 premieres on June 2 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.