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The untitled series, which was co-written and executive produced by both Kaling and “The Mindy Project” co-exec producer Lang Fisher, is inspired by Kaling’s own childhood, according to Deadline.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kaling clarified that the series is not about her own childhood.
“I’m not in the Netflix show; I think people have reported that it’s about my childhood and It’s not about my childhood, it’s just about a 15-year-old Indian-American girl growing up in 2019,” she told the publication. “So there will be of course lots of experiences pulled from my childhood, but it is really about a girl today.”
The series will follow the story and complicated life of Devi, who is a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl.
Devi is described as an “overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.”
Ramakrishnan was reportedly selected out of all the 15,000 people who responded to Kaling’s online post about the casting call. What’s even more exciting is that the Netflix series will be her on-screen debut.