Coming-of-age comedy ‘Never Have I Ever’ premieres April 27 on Netflix
Never Have I Ever, a new coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars newcomer, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore. In the story, she has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. In fact, thi is created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as executive producer, showrunner and writer.
Never Have I Ever
Announced back in March 2019, the 10-episode series went through a nationwide open casting call to find the perfect Devi, who would be the fictional surrogate for Kaling.
Of course, after going through over 15,000 submissions, Kaling landed on 17-year-old Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. In fact, this is her TV series debut. Based on the teaser, Ramakrishnan has got Kaling’s self-deprecating and awkward wit down, addressing her family shrine in prayer: “Hey gods, its Devi Vishwakumar, your favorite Hindu girl in the San Fernando Valley… What’s popping?”
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Slash film wrote: Kaling made her name as a writer on The Office before graduating to her own show. She became the go-to rom-com TV writer, with Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral reboot becoming a modest success. Moreover, throughout her works, Kaling’s distinct voice shines through. It’s why she’s great at writing thinly veiled fictionalized versions of herself like in The Mindy Project or Late Night. As much as I liked The Mindy Project, I have to admit was incredibly inconsistent and sometimes veered on grating. But with Never Have I Ever‘s short 10-episode run and another actress playing a version of Kaling, perhaps the Netflix coming-of-age series could be just the right dose of Kaling cringe comedy.