Kumar Pallana is known for his roles in Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Darjeeling Limited. He immigrated from India to the United States and opened a small coffee shop in Dallas, Texas. Wes Anderson and his writing partner Owen Wilson lived close by, and would often use his store as a quiet place to work on their screenplays. Anderson decided to write him into the script they were working on at the time. That script eventually became Bottle Rocket, and the two have been working together ever since.