Avu Chokalingam, Father Of Actress Mindy Kaling: Who is His Wife

December 28, 2022   | December 28, 2022  | 
Quick Facts
Full Name Avu Chokalingam
Birth Place India
Birthday February 14, 1945
Age 78
Nationality Indian
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Profession architect
Net Worth $80,750
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Gender Identity Male
Marital Status Widow
Children Vera Mindy Kaling & Vijay Chokalingam

Avu Chokalingam is a professional Indian-American architect. Apart from his profession as an architect, Avu has also made his appearance on a popular television show named “The Office” with his late wife, Swati. They both portrayed the roles of Kelly Kapoor’s parents. 

Besides his successful career as an architect, Chokalingam is also renowned as the father of Mindy Kaling, a comedian, producer, and voice actress, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for her work on the comedy series, “The Office”. Additionally, his daughter Mindy is popular for being a fearless and outspoken woman.  

Let’s enroll in the article below to find out detailed information about every personal and professional detail of Mindy Kaling’s father Avu.

How Old Is Avu Chokalingam? Details On His Age And Early Life

Avupaiappan Chokalingam was born on February 14, 1945, in India. As of 2023, he is 78 years old. He was born under the Aquarius zodiac sign and follows the Hindu religion. 78-year-old hasn’t revealed his parents’ identities yet or exposed any details regarding his siblings. 

Avu Chokalingam and his daughter Mindy Kaling
Actress Mindy Kaling With Her Father, Avu Chokalingam

At the same time, talking about his academic qualifications, Chokalingam achieved a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture, which also took him five years to complete, and became an architect by occupation. 

Avu Chokalingam Is Professional Architect

Mindy Kaing’s father, Avu, is an architect. He loved the mid-century modern style of architecture, which was clearly reflected in his home of the 90s. 

Besides his primary career as an architect, Avu also made his appearance in the television series, “The Office” along with his daughter Mindy, and his late wife, Swati.  

Chokalingam Made An Appearance In Television Series, “The Office”

As we stated previously, Avu Chokalingam and his late wife, Swati Roysircar, appeared in an episode of season 3 of “The Office.”  

Avu Chokalingam And His Wife, Swati Chokalingam In the show named " The Office"
Avu and his late wife Swati In their daughters’ Show “The Office”

The episode was about the Indian festival of lights, which is also known as Diwali. In the episode, Avu and Swati portrayed the role of Kelly Kapoor’s parents and Kelly was their daughter Mindy herself. 

His Late Wife, Swati Was An Medical Expert

Avu’s late wife, Swati Roysircar was an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She had served in various hospitals for thirty years before her death. 

Avu’s Daughter Mindy Kaling Is An American Actress, Comedian, And Author

Actress Mindy Kaling’s fully Vera Mindy Chokalingam was born on June 24, 1979, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. She is an American actress, comedian, and author. She is better known for her works in shows like The Mindy Project from 2012 to 2017. She has written two films; Late Night and Mindy and Brenda. 

Additionally, Avu’s daughter Mindy gave her best performances in Champions, Four Weddings And a Funeral, and Never Have I Ever. She is also renowned for her role as Kelly Kapoor in the American sitcom “The Office.” The series includes stars, Steve Carell (Michael Scott), John Krasinski (Jim Halpert), Jenna Fisher, Charlie McDermott, Rainn Wilson, Elli Kemper (Erin Hannon), and so on. 

Avu And His Wife Initially Met In Nigeria

When Avu moved to Nigeria from India, he met his late wife, Swati. They both met each other at a hospital in Nigeria, as they both were working at the same hospital. During that period, Avu was supervised to look for the construction of the hospital while his late wife, Swati was there as a gynecologist. The couple shared strong romantic sentiments on their first meeting and started dating in a short period.

Their Marriage And Children

Shortly after dating, the couple (Swati and Avu)  exchanged vows in 1976. After 3 years of marriage, the duo moved to the United States in 1979. Similarly, in the following years, they both welcomed their elder daughter, Mindy Kaling.

In addition to that, they have a son named Vijay Chokalingam, an educational consultant and a life coach, also famous for faking his identity to get into medical school. However, the couple was together for 36 years until Swati’s death. 

What Happened To Avu’s Wife Swati? What Was The Reason Behind Her Death? 

Swati had to deal with pancreatic cancer for several years and also tried various medications to get relief from it. But, she passed away at the age of 66 on January 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in Brighton MA. As mentioned before, Swati was a physician for 3 decades, and due to her dedication to her work, her warmth, and her sense of humor will be missed by everyone. 

Does Avu Marry Another Woman After Swatis’ Death?

No, following his wife’s demise, Avu hasn’t been in any kind of relationship. As per sources, Chokalingam isn’t going to marry anyone.  

How Wealthy Is Avu Chokalingam? 

77 years old, Avu has an estimated net worth of $1 million in 2023. He mostly makes his money from his career as an architect. 

On the other hand, his elder daughter, Mindy Kaling has amassed a fortune of over $35 Million from her career as an actress and producer. 

Where Is Avu Chokalingam Now? 

Avu is currently living in West Hollywood, California but he doesn’t appear to have any presence on social media, his actress daughter does give him occasional shoutouts via her Instagram. Kaling often pays tribute to her dad be it on father’s day or in other instances. 

Kaling’s father also made an appearance in his daughter’s social media video in November 2019. 

Keys Takeaway

  • Avupaiappan Chokalingam was born on February 14, 1945, in India under the zodiac sign Aquarius and follows the Hindu religion.
  • He is a professional architect and once made an appearance in the series, “The Office.” 
  • He was married to Gynecologist, Swati and had shared two children together, a son and a daughter, Mindy Kaling and Vijay Chokalingam. 
  • Avu’s wife passed away due to pancreatic cancer on January 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton MA. 
  • His net worth is predicted around $1 million. 
  • Chokalingam is currently living in West Hollywood, California.